Had I not This, or This, I said,
Appealing to Myself,
In moment of prosperity —
Inadequate — were Life —

“Thou hast not Me, nor Me” — it said,
In Moment of Reverse —
“And yet Thou art industrious —
No need — hadst Thou — of us”?

My need — was all I had — I said —
The need did not reduce —
Because the food — exterminate —
The hunger — does not cease —

But diligence — is sharper —
Proportioned to the Chance —
To feed upon the Retrograde —
Enfeebles — the Advance —

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem Had I not This, or This, I said,

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