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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 - 21,618 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 - 147,110 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 - 147,110 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 Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  13. 13. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  15. 15. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  16. 16. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  17. 17. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  18. 18. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  21. 21. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  23. 23. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  24. 24. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  25. 25. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  26. 26. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  27. 27. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  28. 28. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  29. 29. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  30. 30. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  31. 31. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  32. 32. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  33. 33. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  34. 34. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  35. 35. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  36. 36. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  37. 37. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  38. 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  39. 39. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  40. 40. Death , Heinrich Heine
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  44. 44. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  45. 45. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  46. 46. Death , William Butler Yeats
  47. 47. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  48. 48. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  49. 49. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  50. 50. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
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