Emily Dickinson

Dec. 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886


The Mystery Of Pain

by Emily Dickinson

Pain has an element of blank;
It cannot recollect
When it began, or if there were
A day when it was not.

It has no future but itself,
Its infinite realms contain
Its past, enlightened to perceive
New periods of pain.


Copyright 1890
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston