This World Is Not Conclusion

This World is not Conclusion.

A Species stands beyond — 

Invisible, as Music —

But positive, as Sound —

It beckons, and it baffles —

Philosophy, don’t know — 

And through a Riddle, at the last — 

Sagacity, must go —

To guess it, puzzles scholars —

To gain it, Men have borne

Contempt of Generations

And Crucifixion, shown —

Faith slips – and laughs, and rallies — 

Blushes, if any see — 

Plucks at a twig of Evidence — 

And asks a Vane, the way — 

Much Gesture, from the Pulpit — 

Strong Hallelujahs roll — 

Narcotics cannot still the Tooth

That nibbles at the soul —

Emily Dickinson

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