“One need not be a Chamber–to be Haunted–” — Emily Dickinson

“One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted –” by Emily Dickinson:

One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted –
One need not be a House –
The Brain has Corridors — surpassing
Material Place –

Far safer, of a Midnight Meeting
External Ghost
Than its interior Confronting –
That Cooler Host.

Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,
The Stones a’chase –
Than Unarmed, one’s a’self encounter –
In lonesome Place –

Ourself behind ourself, concealed –
Should startle most –
Assassin hid in our Apartment
Be Horror’s least.

The Body — borrows a Revolver –
He bolts the Door –
O’erlooking a superior spectre –
Or More –

 

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