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

Part Two: Nature

CII


COULD I but ride indefinite,
  As doth the meadow-bee,
And visit only where I liked,
  And no man visit me,
  
And flirt all day with buttercups,        5
  And marry whom I may,
And dwell a little everywhere,
  Or better, run away
  
With no police to follow,
  Or chase me if I do,        10
Till I should jump peninsulas
  To get away from you,—
  
I said, but just to be a bee
  Upon a raft of air,
And row in nowhere all day long,        15
  And anchor off the bar,—
What liberty! So captives deem
  Who tight in dungeons are.

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