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.
About the Poem
Emily Dickinson would have been a wonderful broker in the modern day. Several of her poems -- including others already in this web site-- speak profoundly to the workaday exigencies of our busy clients who themselves are frequently in the overwhelming middle of doing difficult tasks very well, but at great expense of time, money, effort and focus. Ms. Dickinson has clear messages for folks who deal daily with heavy human traffic, and this poem is one of my favorite reminders from her.
In 1129, Emily exhorts us to be complete in the carrying of our lessons and convictions to others, but also to take responsibility to see that our "truth" is received by the intended audience. She says it is not enough to talk and blurt the..."superb surprise"... of "the Truth", as we know it. Rather, we must take pains -- "...with explanations kind..." -- to dazzle our audiences gradually with insight, perspective and guidance.
I hope you find that we are truth-tellers at IRC, and that we dazzle you only gradually with what we know, with what we do, and with what we ask you to do. It is our intended approach -- the important "slant" to our truth-telling that we hope keeps us on the same page with our clients -- that Emily speaks of so well.