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December 10, 2009

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yea. what a poem, what a girl.

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I once noticed an unusual coincidence involving the number 5 and Emily Dickinson's death. She died on 5/15 (1886) at the age of 55 years 5 months and 5 days. I haven't been able to find the definitive time of death, but it was very near 5:55 p.m. I neither imply nor draw any conclusion; I'll leave that to others.

She probably did it on purpose.

I am struck by Laura Orem's comment on the number 5. It's damn near becoming a poem, if only Emily could write it. "I am alive--I guess--" is one that reminds me of "After great pain, a formal feeling comes." That feeling that remains feeling even though its words deck out the images in a finery no other poet could wear.

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