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Poems

J822

This Consciousness that is aware
Of Neighbors and the Sun
Will be the one aware of Death
And that itself alone

Is traversing the interval
Experience between
And most profound experiment
Appointed unto Men -

How adequate unto itself
Its properties shall be
Itself unto itself and none
Shall make discovery.

Adventure most unto itself
The Soul condemned to be -
Attended by a single Hound
Its own identity.

c. 1864                    1945

 

Another example of her fascination with death as an epistemological frontier. The mysterious knowledge that passes all understanding can only be approached alone, and will only be revealed at the precise moment when we cease to be able to express what we know.