I Am Not Resigned

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I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.  Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.
Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.
The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,—
They are gone.  They are gone to feed the roses.  Elegant and curled
Is the blossom.  Fragrant is the blossom.  I know.  But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.
Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know.  But I do not approve.  And I am not resigned.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay “Dirge Without Music”
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Each Memorial Day weekend without fail,
we gather with family, have lunch, reminisce,
and trek to a cemetery high above Puget Sound
to catch up with our relatives who lie there still.
Some for over 100 years, some for less than a decade,
some we knew and loved and miss every day,
others not so much, unknown to us
except on genealogy charts,
their names and dates and these stones
all that is left of them.
Yet we know each
(as we know for ourselves and others)
was tender and kind, though flawed and broken,
was beautiful and strong, though wrinkled and frail,
was hopeful and faithful, though too soon in the ground.

We know this about them
as we know it about ourselves:
someday we too will feed roses,
the light in our eyes transformed into elegant swirls
emitting the fragrant scent of heaven.

No one asks if we approve.
Nor am I resigned to this but only know:
So it is,  so it has been, so it will be.

 

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5 thoughts on “I Am Not Resigned

  1. I love the poem you included! “I am not resigned” It is appropriately defiant. Thank you. Diann >

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  2. Yes. So it will be. But those who have lived for His Promise will believe that their lives as they once existed in time will not end – entirely. They will continue with Him, perhaps in another form, but with Him forever….

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  3. another lovely post from you. i was just re-reading the side bar and noticed a quote from my 13th great-grandfather…martin luther. i have been raised in the legacy of faith, and i heard the claim, but now i have found it to be true. we have passed the faith to our children, and they are passing it on to theirs. what a blessing the Father extends to His children…so thankful for our faith legacy of so many years!

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  4. I love all your posts and feelings expressed.

    What camera r you using and techniques for your macros?

    Thank you and God Bless,

    Don Morrison

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  5. Hi Don,
    thanks for your kind words! I primarily use a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 for my photos with no special macro lens. I just try to get good lighting and a steady hand!

    Emily

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