Emily Dickinson wrote "A Light exists in Spring" around 1834. The poem's speaker describes a mysterious light that appears only in very early spring, illuminating the farthest reaches of the landscape and seeming as though it wants to tell onlookers something. Quickly, however, the light "passes," leaving those who witnessed it with a deep sense of loss. The poem explores the limits of human perception, the conflict between scientific explanation and intuition, and the frustrating gap between moments of intense spirituality and humdrum everyday life. Like most of Dickinson's poems, "A Light exists in Spring" was published posthumously.