Emily Dickinson

What If I Say I Shall Not Wait!

poem 277

What if I say I shall not wait! What if I burst the fleshly Gate And pass escaped to thee! What if I file this Mortal off See where it hurt me That’s enough And wade in Liberty! They cannot take me any more! Dungeons can call and Guns implore Unmeaning now to me As laughter was an hour ago Or Laces or a Travelling Show Or who died yesterday!

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