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I Have a Rendezvous with Death

Posted by Liz on October 25, 2017 in Interest |

I Have a Rendezvous with Death

Alan Seeger, 1888 – 1916

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.


Alan Seeger was born in New York City on June 22, 1888, and received a BA from Harvard University in 1910. Known for his poetic representation of the First World War, he was the author of Poems (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1916) and Letters and Diary of Alan Seeger (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1917), both published posthumously. In a review for The Egoist in 1917, T. S. Eliot wrote that Poems “is high-flown, heavily decorated and solemn, but the solemnity is thoroughgoing, not a mere literary formality.” After joining the French Foreign Legion in 1914, Seeger was killed in action in northern France on July 4, 1916. (1) https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/alan-seeger

Alan Seeger (22 June 1888 – 4 July 1916) was an American poet who fought and died in World War I during the Battle of the Somme, serving in the French Foreign Legion. Seeger was the uncle of American folk singer Pete Seeger, and was a classmate of T.S. Eliot at Harvard. He is best known for the poem, I Have a Rendezvous with Death, a favorite of President John F. Kennedy. A statue representing him is on the monument in the Place des États-Unis, Paris, honoring fallen Americans who volunteered for France during the war. Seeger is sometimes called the “American Rupert Brooke.” (2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Seeger

Not so “Angel” wing caused by people

Posted by Liz on July 17, 2017 in Interest |

It’s mostly preventable, but people need to do their part.

Eclipse 2017

Posted by Liz on July 13, 2017 in Interest, Local, National, Regional, World |

[tminus t=”2017-08-21″ style=”carbonlite” id=”eclipse-timer”/] Coming soon! I’m going to the small town of Mitchell, Oregon to watch from my aunt’s ranch. They are expecting literally bumper-to-bumper traffic even in small out-of-the-way places like Mitchell. It might be more fun to watch the people as watch the eclipse. Be sure to follow the safety guidelines as […]

Maxine for president?

Posted by Liz on May 28, 2017 in From the Internet, National, Thoughts, Words |

From the internet… Maxine for president? Everyone concentrates on the problems we’re having in this country lately — illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida … … not me — I concentrate on solutions for the problems — it’s a win-win situation. Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border. Send the […]

5-minute Chocolate Cake

Posted by Liz on October 25, 2016 in Interest |

From the internet, original source unknown… THE 5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR ONE PERSON… LOOK OUT WORLD!! 5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE 4 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa 1 egg 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) A small splash of vanilla extract 1 large coffee mug (Microwave […]

Extreme Shepherding – the story behind the video

Posted by Liz on April 19, 2016 in Interest |

Working for Farmers Weekly has its advantages. If you ever want a bit of gossip or insider information about farming, there’s usually someone around who’ll tell you. I’ve managed, therefore, to find out some more about the Extreme Shepherding video that has taken Youtube (or should that be Ewetube) by storm and got nearly 3m […]

Crocus

Posted by Liz on April 3, 2016 in Interest |

  The crocuses are in bloom. The idea of blooming crocuses has sent me meandering down the Google path looking up one thing and then inspired to follow another. I’ll share a bit of my mindless travels brought to me by the spring air and sounds of lawn mowers. Crocus (English plural: crocuses or croci) […]

Thanks Grandma

Posted by Liz on September 22, 2015 in Interest |

I was sorting through files on one of the computers to get ready to upload them to the cloud and I came across this note. It was written in 1998, my grandmother died in 2014 at the age of 103. I never sent it. It would have been so easy to. I post it here […]

A Thousand Marbles

Posted by Liz on September 22, 2015 in Collected Works, Interest, Thoughts, Words |

Found on the internet:   May your Saturday mornings be special. The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a […]

A Holding Pattern

Posted by Liz on September 22, 2015 in Faith, Interest, Thoughts, Words |

Found on the Internet: A Holding Pattern Many times God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in our life to “swallow us up.” This season in our spiritual growth is a holding pattern. We can’t move to the left or the right. All we can do is sit, like Jonah sat in […]

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