Crumbling is not an instant’s Act | A poem by Emily Dickinson, 1860

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1961

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 —

Emily Dickinson, Crumbling is not an instant’s Act, 1860

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