Tell all the truth but tell it slant – Emily Dickinson

Tell all the truth but tell it slant —

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise


As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind —

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts.

 I love this poem. She is not telling us to lie, rather, to be gentle. The interesting part is that often when truth is told more gently it is more truthful. I will allow you to think on this.

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