Emily Dickinson's Correspondences
Correspondence with Susan Dickinson

H 272
I never hear the word 'Escape' 
Without a quicker blood!
A sudden expectation!
A flying attitude!

I never hear of prisons broad
By soldiers battered down -
But I tug, childish, at my bars
Only to fail again!


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