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Dickinson, Emily - The only ghost I ever saw



Type of Spiritual Experience

Inter composer communication

Number of hallucinations: 1


Mechlin is a bobbin lace - one of the best known Flemish laces. It is fine, transparent, often with intricate floral patterns, that are twisted, plaited and outlined with loosely spun silk cord.  Fine meshed and expensive it is regarded as far superior to for example Brussels lace or Valencienne lace.

A description of the experience


Emily Dickinson – from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

 The only Ghost I ever saw
Was dressed in mechlen – so
He wore no sandal on his foot
And stepped like flakes of snow

His gait was soundless like the bird
But rapid like the Roe
His fashions, quaint, mosaic
Or haply, mistletoe

His conversation seldom
His laughter, like the breeze
That dies away in dimples
Among the pensive trees

Our interview was transient
Of me, himself was shy
And God forbid I look behind
Since that appalling day

The source of the experience

Dickinson, Emily

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