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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Three: Love

XXXIV


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,—        5
And wade in liberty?
  
They cannot take us any more,—
Dungeons may call, and guns implore;
Unmeaning now, to me,
As laughter was an hour ago,        10
Or laces, or a travelling show,
Or who died yesterday!

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