Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson – 30 March 2009

This poem by Emily Dickinson seems to express the belief that no matter what a person suffers physically; his or her soul remains free – if that is indeed what they desire. I think that the last two lines, “Captivity is consciousness, / So’s liberty,” summarize the idea that it is a matter of choice.

No Rack Can Torture Me
Emily Dickinson

No rack can torture me,
My soul’s at liberty,
Behind this mortal bone
There knits a bolder one

You cannot prick with saw
Nor rend with scimitar,
Two bodies therefore be;
Bind one, and one will flee.

The eagle of his nest
No easier divest
And gain the sky,
Than mayest thou,

Except thyself may be
Thine enemy;
Captivity is consciousness,
So’s liberty.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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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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