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Dickinson, Emily - Could I but ride indefinite As doth the meadow bee

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004318

Type of Spiritual Experience

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A description of the experience

from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Could I but ride indefinite
As doth the meadow bee
And visit only where I liked
And no one visit me

And flirt all day with buttercups
And marry whom I may
And dwell a little everywhere
Or better run away

With no police to follow
Or chase him if he do
Till he should jump peninsulas
To get away from me

I said ‘But just to be a bee’
Upon a raft of air
And row in nowhere all day long
And anchor ‘off the bar’

What liberty! So captives deem
Who tight in dungeons are

The source of the experience

Dickinson, Emily

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Bee
Cage

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