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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 - 22,426 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 - 148,074 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 - 148,074 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. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  4. 4. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  5. 5. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  6. 6. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  8. 8. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  9. 9. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  10. 10. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  11. 11. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  14. 14. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  15. 15. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  16. 16. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  17. 17. Easter- The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ.. , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  18. 18. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  19. 19. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  20. 20. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  22. 22. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  24. 24. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  25. 25. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  26. 26. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  27. 27. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  28. 28. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  29. 29. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  30. 30. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  32. 32. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  33. 33. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  34. 34. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  37. 37. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  38. 38. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  39. 39. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  40. 40. Death , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  42. 42. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  44. 44. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  46. 46. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  47. 47. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  48. 48. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  49. 49. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  50. 50. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
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