October 29, 2014

Crumbling is not an instant's Act


Crumbling is not an instant's Act
A fundamental pause
Dilapidation's processes
Are organized Decays —

'Tis first a Cobweb on the Soul
A Cuticle of Dust
A Borer in the Axis
An Elemental Rust —

Ruin is formal — Devil's work
Consecutive and slow —
Fail in an instant, no man did
Slipping — is Crashe's law —

by Emily Dickinson : The Poetry Foundation

Posted by gerardvanderleun at October 29, 2014 10:19 PM
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What is "Crashe's law"? Neither Google nor the dictionaries have any suggestion.

Posted by: Fat Man at October 29, 2014 9:24 AM

"Crashe's Law" is thought to be an error in the holographic manuscript which is what this poem is taken. It is believed that Dickinson meant "crash's law."

I came to this after a good deal of searching on "Crashe's law" myself.

Posted by: Van der Leun at October 29, 2014 10:00 AM

OK, so it's crash's law. What does that mean?

Posted by: Fat Man at October 29, 2014 12:44 PM

Yeah that fucks that destroy my land via snipes can self-destruct.

William Frank Buckley Jr. accomplished so much in his life someways, how I'll know never, just by contemplating the great manI feel as though I've accomplished or did something.

Which I haven't.

Posted by: Notquiteunbuckley at October 29, 2014 11:53 PM

Since, generally, I don't mind you folks I could just link Still Feelin' Blue by the great Gram.

But I won't.

(Frankly it's because of inebriated tion.)

Posted by: Notquiteunbuckley at October 30, 2014 12:04 AM


Here you go ... I was curious enough to look (and it sounds like a drinkin' song to me) ... cheers.

Posted by: DeAnn at October 30, 2014 5:45 AM