Death – A Poem for Halloween

Drawing of Death

Because I Could Not Stop for Death (aka Death) by Emily Dickinson is a great poem for Halloween. Here you can read it and hear two different recordings…

MP3 of Because I Could Not Stop for Death #1
Read by Claire Leong

MP3 of Because I Could Not Stop for Death #2
Read by Anita Fleming


Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labour, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ’tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.

Many thanks to Gracie Gralike for the great drawing!

Woooooooooooo… Happy Halloween!

Mama Lisa

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