Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

Had I Not This, Or This, I Said - Poem by Emily Dickinson


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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  • Gold Star - 36,824 Points * Sunprincess * (11/19/2015 10:27:00 AM)

    ....an extraordinary write with much wisdom ★ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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