DEDICATIONS, PLEDGES, COMMITMENTS. For the past. For my own path. For surprises. For mistakes that worked so well. For tomorrow if I'm there. For the next real thing. Then for carrying it all through whatever is necessary. For following the little god who speaks only to me. --William Stafford

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A Ballad for Emily *


When Death comes by my door
And smiles at me within
I'll gather up my Dancing Shoes
And Waltz away with Him --

My feet, tho' never touching Earth
Will Waltz up wind and down,
And I will wear my Wrapping Shroud
As a Wedding Gown.

When Death comes by my door
And brings me to His bed
I'll ask of God no other
Dark Lover in His stead --

But hold Him close, and seal his lips
With bold kisses Forever --
Nor moon nor stars shall skake us
While we abide Together.

When Death comes by my door
And smiles at me within
I'll gather up my Dancing Shoes
And Waltz away with Him.


( ala Emily Dickinson )

painting: Death and the Maiden, by Louis Kahan

3 comments:

BessieSnickers said...

Congrats on passing that anniversary! Your words prove you've got a lot of fight in you. I'm looking forward to reading backwards in your archive. Plus, I was just thinking today that I want to add more photos in my blog, and lo - there you are doing it!
pjune

FatCharlatan said...

Wow--this IS very Emily-esque! Nice work!

Superhero Activist said...

I love E. Dickinson, I once did a report on "I felt a funeral, in my brain", she was a deeply troubled woman but my, could she write!

You've captured her "essence" wonderfully.

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