"As imperceptibly as grief" is a deceptively simple meditation on the nature of time, written by Emily Dickinson. It compares grief to summer, suggesting that people don't always notice the way that everything undergoes gradual change—but that nothing in life stays still, and death always lurks in the background. As with most of Dickinson's roughly 1800 poems, this one was not published during her lifetime. The poem contains all of Dickinson's most notable traits—an apparent simplicity masking rigorous and complex thought; a sense of transition; and a deep questioning of what it means to be alive. Like most of her poems, it is written in common meter and employs dashes to mark stages of thought.