29 October 2009

The Germination of an Act

A DEED KNOCKS FIRST AT THOUGHT

A deed knocks first at thought,
And then it knocks at will.
That is the manufacturing spot,
And will at home and well.

It then goes out an act,
- Or is entombed so still
That only to the ear of God
Its doom is audible.


  • Emily Dickinson (1830–86), Poem LXVII, from Poems, in Part One: Life