I and Death, Death and Me


By Julia Koslowsky

Written 3/21/12

I COULDN’T stop to visit Death
Upon his tranquil hill.
Instead of this, he took his horse
Where I had taken ill.

He sat down by my bedside
Without a sound or sigh—
He gently reached across the quilt
And put his hand in mine.

A rasp escaped my burning lips:
“I hoped you’d come to call.”
Answered he, “My dear, you’re free—
Why need you stay at all?”

So up I rose from ‘neath the sheets
Which were as white as snow.
My pallid hand in his remained,
My soul a forgotten glow.

Walking through the moonlit land
I saw no bird pass by.
I asked and he gave answer:
“When they’re dead they do not fly.”

Lovers of a foreign kind
Are I and Death, and Death and me.
Companions to Eternal life
Together we will be.

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