Mar 19 2005

What If I Say

Published by at 10:03 am under Emily Dickinson Love Poems

What If I Say

Love Poem by Emily Dickinson

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 may call, and guns implore;
Unmeaning, now, to me

As laughter was an hour ago,
Or laces, or a traveling show,
Or who died yesterday!

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17 responses so far

17 Responses to “What If I Say”

  1. Gueston 15 Apr 2005 at 10:38 am

    that was great

  2. Gueston 03 Jun 2005 at 3:25 pm

    I like the poem but I think that it isn\’t as nice as the other one.

  3. Gueston 15 Nov 2005 at 5:31 pm

    it was good

  4. Gueston 13 Dec 2005 at 11:57 am

    this was the worst poem i have ever read. it sucks so f-in bad i cannot even tell you. who the hell is this emily girl? she is definitely the worst poet ever!

  5. Gueston 13 Dec 2005 at 11:59 am

    this poem was great! NOT!

  6. Gueston 13 Dec 2005 at 12:03 pm

    this was great

  7. Gueston 02 Feb 2006 at 10:01 pm

    i love this poem im planning to send it to my long distance bf for valentines! thanks for this!

  8. Gueston 19 Jun 2006 at 5:49 am

    I think this poem is really quite terrible. I loved some of Oscar Wilde\’s poetry, but this poem is just really [B]boring[/B]…

  9. Joyon 21 Jul 2007 at 11:09 am

    I love that people come on here and slag Emily Dickinson\’s poetry….Do i hear something about people in glass houses?
    Are two of this womans poems not in the top 100 love poems of all time?? yuh huh.

    each to their own i guess lol.

    I loved this poem, I always have. Thank you muchly

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  13. heatheron 18 Feb 2008 at 4:10 pm

    AHHHH it sounds so much better picturing a girl saying this to a guy, but when i c emily saying it to her lesbian lover it gives me nightmares….

  14. mariah garretton 07 Apr 2008 at 2:51 pm

    i love this poem it reminds me of my life and my love for my boys :cry

  15. rdanielson 15 Sep 2009 at 4:27 pm

    :cry I think she wrote this to a deceased lover and is asking what would would happen if she didn\’t wait for her time to die before leaving so she could see her lover again.

  16. Amyon 07 Feb 2011 at 8:25 pm

    “this was the worst poem i have ever read. it sucks so f-in bad i cannot even tell you. who the hell is this emily girl? she is definitely the worst poet ever!”

    This comment just made me laugh out loud so abruptly and unexpectedly I almost spat tea on the keyboard. The fierce blunt assertiveness of ‘-that’s enough,-‘ followed by the fluid expansive relief of ‘and wade in liberty’ is, to paraphrase, so f-ing simple and beautiful and good i cannot even tell you.

    And yes, this emily girl is one of my most favourites.

    And does the gender of your lover matter in the least? That’s news to me.

  17. LostPersonon 08 Jan 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Can Someone Please Explain What This Peom Is Actually Saying :straight:
    Much Appreciated x

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