Friday, January 11, 2019

Emily Dickinson on time, trouble, and suffering

“They say that ‘Time assuages’”
by Emily Dickinson

They say that "Time assuages"—
Time never did assuage—
An actual suffering strengthens
As Sinews do, with age—
Time is a Test of Trouble—
But not a Remedy—
If such it prove, it prove too
There was no Malady—

Personal Postscript

As the Time Traveler explains in the famous H. G. Wells story, time is the fourth dimension that can be baffling and dangerous but much worth exploring, and Dickinson’s perspective on time seems just about right. 

Now, though, permit me to take a different approach to the Dickinson poem by declaring  absolute Truth (about time or anything else) can be found if we only take the time to search for it, but we must search carefully, tirelessly, and most often in poetry rather than in any other literary form. Yes, poets — more than novelists, biographers, historians, and others — are the sublime seekers and speakers of the elusive and ineffable but omnipresent Truth. 

1 comment:

  1. and, as Emily knows, the search, the truth, is the answer... great poem