I should not dare to leave my friend,
Because — because if he should die
While I was gone — and I — too late —
Should reach the Heart that wanted me —

If I should disappoint the eyes
That hunted — hunted so — to see —
And could not bear to shut until
They “noticed” me — they noticed me —

If I should stab the patient faith
So sure I’d come — so sure I’d come —
It listening — listening — went to sleep —
Telling my tardy name —

My Heart would wish it broke before —
Since breaking then — since breaking then —
Were useless as next morning’s sun —
Where midnight frosts — had lain!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem I should not dare to leave my friend,


  1. frumpo says:

    If I’m not there when a friend dies, I will feel useless and mean.

  2. Katie Parker says:

    I love this Poem it makes u think Wat if i did leave and a friend died and wanted to see u but u were gone so they couldnt and they died without seeing their friend so it make u no want to leave ur Friends and family

  3. Jamie Parker says:

    I really like the poem because it tell about the truth about don’t leave your friends and it makes you think a little hard about leaving but you really don’t. Emily really knows how to use her words in poems and this is my favorite poem

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