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Poetry #26
(published February 8, 2001)
Drowning Is Not So Pitiful
by Emily Dickinson

Drowning is not so pitiful
   As the attempt to rise.
Three times, 'tis said, a sinking man
   Comes up to face the skies,
And then declines forever
   To that abhorred abode

Where hope and he part company,—
   For he is grasped of God.
The Maker's cordial visage,
   However good to see,
Is shunned, we must admit it,
   Like an adversity.

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