20 June 2009

't was a long parting, but the time
for interview had come;
before the judgment-seat of God,
the last and second time

these fleshless lovers met,
a heaven in a gaze,
a heaven of heavens, the privilege
of one another's eyes.

no lifetime set on them,
apparalled as the new
unborn, except they had beheld,
born everlasting now.

was bridal e'er like this?
a paradise, the host,
and cherubim and seraphim
the most familiar guest.

// xv. resurrection by emily dickinson