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    B. Penn

    670: Ourself behind ourself, concealed –


    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 – 

    c. 1863                                                          1891

    by Emily Dickinson
    from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson 
    edited by Thomas H. Johnson