(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

Remorse - Is Memory - Awake -

Remorse - is Memory - awake -
Her Parties all astir -
A Presence of Departed Acts -
At window - and at Door -

Its Past - set down before the Soul
And lighted with a Match -
Perusal - to facilitate -
And help Belief to stretch -

Remorse is cureless - the Disease
Not even God - can heal -
For 'tis His institution - and
The Adequate of Hell -

by Emily Dickinson

Comments (2)

..............wonderful poem, and true, to lose one's memory would be the worst thing imaginable ★
Such a definition of remorse is well stated, for we can only be remorseful for that which we recall. I pray that God's Grace shall always accompany my recalls, for I am not inclined to be remorseful. Should I not want to forgive Me?