I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading--treading--till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through-- 

And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum-- 
Kept beating--beating--till I thought
My Mind was going numb-- 

And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space--began to toll,

As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary, here--

And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down-- 
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing--then--

---Emily Dickenson