We grow accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson

We grow accustomed to the Dark –
When Light is put away –
As when the Neighbour holds the Lamp
To witness her Good bye –

A Moment – We uncertain step
For newness of the night –
Then fit our Vision to the Dark –
And meet the Road  – erect –

And so of larger – Darknesses –
Those Evenings of the Brain –
When not a Moon disclose a sign –
Or Star – come out – within –

The Bravest – grope a little –
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead –
But as they learn to see –

Either the Darkness alters –
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight –
And Life steps almost straight.

Emily Dickinson
1830–1886

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Russell Boyle, of russellboyle.com, is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. Russell is the author of a number of teaching resources, including the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Russell's poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness.
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2 Responses to We grow accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson

  1. Aquileana says:

    As usual, great poetry shares Russell, Cheers; Aquileana 😉

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