Poetry: Emily Dickinson

The Props assist the House

by Emily Dickinson

The Props assist the House
Until the House is built
And then the Props withdraw
And adequate, erect,
The House supports itself
And cease to recollect
The Auger and the Carpenter-
Just such a retrospect
Hath the perfected Life-
A past of Plank and Nail
And slowness-then the Scaffolds drop
Affirming it a Soul.


See more excellent poems in Sabio’s Poetry Anthology

About Author: Wiki on Emily Dickinson

My thoughts:  Though I am not “soul” believer, as I say in my post entitled “The Will to say ‘No’“: if there were a soul, I like Gurdjief’s notion of growing a soul — or building one as Dickinson alludes to.


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2 responses to “Poetry: Emily Dickinson

  1. egyoung

    Odd how this notion of the soul being derivative — constructed though life,s efforts– echoes or , rather, resonates with the modern scientific idea of ’emergent behaviour’ , that is complex new phenomena like consciousness arrising unpredicted from complex systems at a certain level of complexity or size..

  2. I agree, egyoung — good way of phrasing

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