The Positive — of Bells —
When Cogs — stop — that's Circumference —
The Ultimate — of Wheels.
F601 (1863) J633
In this wisdom poem Dickinson presents mortal life as a prelude to a better state in the hereafter.
|From Hanford Mills, NY, 1840-1967|
I like the dashes Dickinson puts around "stop" in the third line. They enforce the stop. The short, hard word, "Cogs" preceding it reinforces the effect. After "stop" the rest of the poem is in perfect iambs with "Circumference" rolling nicely into "Ultimate".
It's a thoughtful poem, compressed, vivid, and rewarding the bit of work to let the images expand in your mind.