One Need Not Be A Chamber – To Be Haunted

I’ve decided to have a working week of poems. A post each day.

I’m not going to comment on why I like them (other than generic comments). But I hope you do to.

Please note: there are many different versions of Emily Dickinson’s poems – this is the version I think is the best.

 

ONE NEED NOT BE A CHAMBER TO BE HAUNTED – Emily Dickinson

 

One need not be a Chamber to be Haunted,

One need not be a House

The Brain has Corridors surpassing

Material Place

Far safer, of a Midnight Meeting

External Ghost

Than its interior Confronting

That cooler Host.

Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,

The Stones a’chase

Than Unarmed, one’s a’self encounter

In lonesome Place

Ourself behind ourself, concealed

Should startle most

Assassin hid in our Apartment

Be Horror’s least.

The Body borrows a Revolver

He bolts the Door

O’erlooking a superior spectre

Or More

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