Emily Dickinson

Had I Not This, Or This, I Said

poem 904

Had I not This, or This, I said, Appealing to Myself, In moment of prosperity Inadequate were Life Thou hast not Me, nor Me it said, In Moment of Reverse And yet Thou art industrious No need hadst Thou of us? My need was all I had I said The need did not reduce Because the food exterminate The hunger does not cease But diligence is sharper Proportioned to the Chance To feed upon the Retrograde Enfeebles the Advance

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