Verse > Emily Dickinson > Complete Poems > I. Life > 61. “Each life converges to some centre”

Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life


EACH life converges to some centre
Expressed or still;
Exists in every human nature
A goal,
Admitted scarcely to itself, it may be,        5
Too fair
For credibility’s temerity
To dare.
Adored with caution, as a brittle heaven,
To reach        10
Were hopeless as the rainbow’s raiment
To touch,
Yet persevered toward, surer for the distance;
How high
Unto the saints’ slow diligence        15
The sky!
Ungained, it may be, by a life’s low venture,
But then,
Eternity enables the endeavoring
Again.   20


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