Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, I, WHO AM SOON TO DIE, by EDITH LOMBARD SQUIRES



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I, WHO AM SOON TO DIE, by            
First Line: I, who am soon to die, salute you death
Last Line: Death, I salute you: I am not afraid.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


I, who am soon to die, salute you death.
No more shall youth, so fervently adored,
Bewilder me nor stir my eager breath,
Nor will I fear fate's cruel two-edged sword.
Not all the beauty of remembered spring
Shall dim my peace nor make me falter now;
Life is a gossamer on summer's wing;
All that I valued once, I disavow.
What age would say were better left unsaid;
I do not sorrow for the years unsung,
Nor do I fear to join the mighty dead
And learn at last that unfamiliar tongue.
I march a highway all earth's hope has made:
Death, I salute you: I am not afraid.





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