War Poets. Alan Seeger.

by Daniel Russ on January 25, 2018

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Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger was a New York native who joined the French Foreign Legion in World War I. He published this prophetic poem and never saw its publication the next year. He perished on July 4th 1916 in the French village  Bloy-en-Santerre.

 

 

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.

 

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Chris Dickon March 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Please see link to my comprehensive, footnoted biography of Alan Seeger.

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