The Soul Selects Her Own Society

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The Soul Selects Her Own Society – 2 May 2008

Emily Dickinson, born in Amherst, Massachusetts, was the daughter of a lawyer who became a congressman. Most of her poems are concerned with nature, love, death, and immortality.

This is one of Emily Dickinson’s most famous poems. I first read it many years ago when I was a young girl.

The Soul Selects Her Own Society
By Emily Dickinson
American Poet (10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)

The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot’s pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.

I’ve known her from an ample nation
Choose one;
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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