Monday, October 08, 2007

THE FINAL CALL
DEATH BE NOT PROUD/JOHN DONNE
Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy'or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.


In peace, IE.
Killed this morning. Wrathful cancer, heart damage.
Sons aged two and thirteen.


13 comments:

Proxima Blue said...

I hope where IE dwells now is a good place. The sadness is the loss of touch, and smell, and voice of thee. Without such things, we are all ghosts.

May the pain of loss come and go, and the memory be retained. Take Care.

Your friend,
P

mago said...

Oh Mann.

Death, thou shalt die.

austere said...

peace- proxima, mago.

AmitL said...

Austy,this was quite touching..some poems do touch the heart,and this one surely did.

CRUSTYBEEF said...

In my thoughts, may thoughts be at rest and peace.
Always,
Crusty~

austere said...

amitl, crusty- helpless.

CRUSTYBEEF said...

May the boys carry on their honorable's name...may the fasts prove to purify the soul!
Thinking of you! Tears are okay.
ALways,
Crusty~

austere said...

I cant cry. dunno.

Reshma said...

and her curls...i was waiting to read about them once more.

Love.

Portia said...

love and peace, austere.

AmitL said...

Austy,why is the comments sections gone from recent posts??

CRUSTYBEEF said...

Hey, everything safe by you? I heard about the bombing out in India..dreadful people are just dreadful!
Always,
Crusty~
today is friday..I need my austie fix!

austere said...

Portia, Crusty,Amitl, Reshma- am ok, just not very communicative.
Reshma- shs's the one on wisteriablooms.rediffblogs.com. yes, lovely curls till the chemo forced an abaya on her.
amit- because I didnt feel anyone understood to write, yes, that is truly rude.
crusty- yes, bombs at ajmer sharif, a muslim site that ppl from all faiths pray at. it just keeps happening on and on. life!