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Ashes denote that fire was;

by Emily Dickinson, 1896

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,
  And then consolidates, —
Only the chemist can disclose
  Into what carbonates.

Published in Poems by Emily Dickinson: Third Series

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