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I Have A Rendezvous With Death - Poem by Alan Seeger

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air—
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath—
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear . . .
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.


Comments about I Have A Rendezvous With Death by Alan Seeger

  • Gold Star - 22,852 Points Seamus O' Brian (1/4/2017 1:46:00 PM)

    Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

    Death will be a victory for me. I commit myself to the arms of my Savior who gave Himself for me that I might have life eternal. No man can separate me from the love of God or His plan for me.

    I can freely pray for blessings upon all who would seek to harm me, for they are not my enemy, and neither is death. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 150,789 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/10/2015 6:29:00 AM)

    please, pay attention, PH!
    this same poem has been posted twice..
    the second time under ''Rendezvous'' (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 150,789 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/10/2015 6:21:00 AM)

    ''I have a rendezvous with Death
    At some disputed barricade,
    When Spring comes back with rustling shade''


    and he really had.. on that 4 July 1916 - he was barely 28 - fighting a futile and inhumane war (like any other, before and after) (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 43 Points Jackie Rave (11/19/2015 7:31:00 PM)

    Ah, I was not aware he went so young.. such a beautiful poem.. and so mature for one so young.. ah, we all have that rendezvous..

    Rookie - 43 Points Jackie Rave (11/19/2015 7:30:00 PM)

    So young and yet he had that forboding.. sad but it is truly beautiful.. and of course we all have that rendezvous.. peace...

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  9. 9. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  13. 13. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  15. 15. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  16. 16. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  17. 17. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  18. 18. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  21. 21. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  22. 22. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  24. 24. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  25. 25. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  26. 26. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  27. 27. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  28. 28. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  29. 29. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  30. 30. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  31. 31. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  32. 32. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  33. 33. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  34. 34. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  35. 35. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  36. 36. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  37. 37. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  38. 38. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  39. 39. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  40. 40. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  41. 41. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  42. 42. Death , William Butler Yeats
  43. 43. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  44. 44. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Death , Heinrich Heine
  46. 46. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  47. 47. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  48. 48. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  49. 49. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  50. 50. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
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