short, sweet & to the point: emily.

Photo cred: New Media Marketing.
Photo cred: New Media Marketing.

I’ve been soul-filled and mind-absorbed and heart-rendered to the the poems of Emily Dickinson lately – like this oldie but goodie…

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant,
Success in circuit lies,
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth’s superb surprise;

As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind,
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.”

-“Tell All the Truth,” Emily Dickinson

And that, my friends, is all.

What about you?  As the English teacher formerly known as myself, might I ask what you think this poem means?  And HOW do we let truth dazzle gradually?   

4 thoughts on “short, sweet & to the point: emily.

  1. Doesn’t this speak so much to our earlier discussion about ministry to children and high schoolers and Addie’s post last week: http://addiezierman.com/?p=2677 ?

    I don’t really have an answer. I just think that dazzling gradually…offering the Story of Jesus to young people with truth but not easy answers seems to fit with our girl Emily’s idea. Maybe?

    Gonna think on this one…

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