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Old 07-18-2017, 01:10 PM   #1
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A rendev-vous with death

I know, this may sound dark and grim, but to me it is inspirational.

We all have a rendez-vous with death, sooner or later. It's good to remember about it, and not squander our precious time. And we all have our barricades in life. Were we may hit that rendezvous.

Alan Seeger was an American poet who, while sojourning in Paris after WWI, chose to fight against Germany and joined the French troops. He was prophetic in his verses, since he died in battle as an hero. The French awarded him the medal of honour.

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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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Old 07-18-2017, 08:04 PM   #2
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I actually look forward to death, to consciously experience passing through to the other side, instead of going into that deep, permanent sleep and not remembering anything upon the passing. I'm wondering if the older devotees out there are excited about going astral after spending decades in this world...and seeing Master greeting them on the other side.
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Old 07-23-2017, 06:31 PM   #3
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I don't consider the topic dark or grim - death is freedom (for awhile), it's those left on Earth that have a harder time.

I remember reading years ago, that to a yogi death is the spice of life....so thanks for the reminder to remember what the purpose of being here is.

..."death will be at thy door, and you may not have time anymore
to redeem thy soul
oh my saint, wake yet wake!"


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Old 07-31-2017, 01:00 PM   #4
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This is one of my favorite poems. I don't think it is dark at all. Thank you for posting it.

Another one that is rather like it is William Butler Yeats's An Irish Airman Foresees His Death; in particular, the last four lines:

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:09 PM   #5
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I actually look forward to death, to consciously experience passing through to the other side, instead of going into that deep, permanent sleep and not remembering anything upon the passing. I'm wondering if the older devotees out there are excited about going astral after spending decades in this world...and seeing Master greeting them on the other side.
I'm pretty excited by the adventure but I have unfinished business (dharma) in this hellish world. It will take some decades to see to it, so I decided to do my best to boost my longevity and healthspan. My target is over 100 years of healthy age and more won't hurt.

Rendevous with death postponed, LOL, unless karma decides otherwise.

To me, it's a win-win.
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:11 PM   #6
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This is one of my favorite poems. I don't think it is dark at all. Thank you for posting it.
Another one that is rather like it is William Butler Yeats's An Irish Airman Foresees His Death; in particular, the last four lines:
I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.
thanks for Yeats' poem eam531, I didn't know it.
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