"Heaven" Has Different Signs&Mdash;To Me

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"Heaven" has different Signs—to me—
Sometimes, I think that Noon
Is but a symbol of the Place—
And when again, at Dawn,

A mighty look runs round the World
And settles in the Hills—
An Awe if it should be like that
Upon the Ignorance steals—

The Orchard, when the Sun is on—
The Triumph of the Birds
When they together Victory make—
Some Carnivals of Clouds—

The Rapture of a finished Day—
Returning to the West—
All these—remind us of the place
That Men call "paradise"—

Itself be fairer—we suppose—
But how Ourself, shall be
Adorned, for a Superior Grace—
Not yet, our eyes can see—

by Emily Dickinson

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The Rapture of a finished Day— Returning to the West— All these—remind us of the place That Men call paradise— who am i to write a comment on such a great poetess. Emily Dickinson.. tony
The rapture of a finished day Returning to the west A well depicted symbol of religious allusion. Nicely put. SYLVA-ONYEMA
Beautiful poem about paradise
First, I’m glad Emily is featured lately. I—and many I expect—can relate to her wondering in this poem. My mind went to how heaven is imagined in The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. In this poem we get a glimpse of how much Emily has at her disposal in the phrases a mighty look runs round the world, carnivals of clouds, and the rapture of a finished day. -GK
Beautiful! Heaven is all around for a peaceful soul. There isn’t a grace superior than what has been bestowed!
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