“There’s a certain Slant of light” by Emily Dickinson

A Certain Slant of Light

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.

None may teach it anything,
‘Tis the seal, despair, –
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.

When it comes, the landscape listens –
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, ’tis like the distance
On the look of death.

From The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson, Wordsworth Poetry Library.

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