What If I Say I Shall Not Wait!

(1992)

"What If I Say I Shall Not Wait!" is the second song of Richard Pearson Thomas' song cycle At Last, To Be Identified. The cycle sets the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

What If I Say I Shall Not Wait (poem 277)
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 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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