Sunday, September 03, 2006

"I have a rendezvous with death" by Alan Seeger

"I have a rendezvous with death" is one of the most beautiful poems I remember out of the English readers we followed in school. When a friend forwarded this poem to me recently, I spent a few joyous moments reading it and recapturing the interpretations our teacher gave when we learnt it in school. A sad poem, no doubt, but such beautiful writing, so vivid in imagery, always delights me and puts me in a joyous mood!

Here you go... a classic piece of writing from Alan Seeger's repertoire...

"I Have a Rendezvous with Death"

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.