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J632

The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
For - put them side by side -
The one the other will contain
With Ease - and You - beside -

The Brain is deeper than the sea -
For - hold them Blue to Blue -
The one the other will absorb -
As Sponges - Buckets - do -

The Brain is just the weight of God -
For - Heft them - Pound for Pound -
And they will differ - if they do -
As Syllable from Sound -

c. 1862                    1896

 

These three stanzas offer a deceptively complex reflection on the power of thought and language, which may be central to her metaphorical use of the Christian concept of resurrection. The final stanza equates the human brain with God. Or, if there is a difference, she implies that human thought converts the divine into meaning through language.