Dan Keusal, M.S., LMFT

Jungian Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples

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"We grow accustomed to the Dark"
(Emily Dickinson, poem 419)

We grow accustomed to the Dark –
When light is put away –
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp 
To witness her Goodbye – 

A Moment – We uncertain step 
For newness of the night –
Then – fit our Vision to the Dark –
And meet the Road – erect – 

And so of larger – Darkness –
Those Evenings of the Brain –
When not a Moon disclose a sign –
Or Star – come out – within – 

The Bravest – grope a little –
And sometimes hit a Tree 
Directly in the Forehead –
But as they learn to see – 

Either the Darkness alters –
Or something in the sight 
Adjusts itself to Midnight –
And Life steps almost straight.

​"We Grow Accustomed To The Dark" 
(poem 419)
by Emily Dickinson
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

  This poem was featured in Dan Keusal's 
Holidays 2020 e-newsletter,
"Points of Light"
Dan Keusal, MS, LMFT, Psychotherapist. (206) 523-1340. Email: dankeusal@dankeusal.com.