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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

CXIII


ASHES denote that fire was;
  Respect the grayest pile
For the departed creature’s sake
  That hovered there awhile.
  
Fire exists the first in light,        5
  And then consolidates,—
Only the chemist can disclose
  Into what carbonates.

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