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Sara Teasdale - If Death Is Kind

Perhaps if Death is kind, and there can be returning,
We will come back to earth some fragrant night,
And take these lanes to find the sea, and bending
Breathe the same honeysuckle, low and white.

We will come down at night to these resounding beaches
And the long gentle thunder of the sea,
Here for a single hour in the wide starlight
We shall be happy, for the dead are free.

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Poet: Sara Teasdale
Poem: If Death Is Kind
Poem of the Day: Jan 19 2014

Comment 3 of 3, added on June 3rd, 2012 at 9:08 PM.


victoria from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 3, added on March 31st, 2009 at 10:40 AM.

My twin brother and I had always loved the water, and the rain and sea were our weakness, life was not kind to either of us in his last were of us seeing the his last sun rise on the sea side and him dying in my arms … for that one moment all his pain went away and then I knew death was kind, a perfect poem for a such a time… and one day I do hope to return with him.

thank you

Leo from Belize
Comment 1 of 3, added on August 29th, 2007 at 7:24 AM.

I have been preparing the words I want to be read at my husband's funeral tomorrow. John died last week after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease and Dementia. When I read the words of this poem, I imagined him being able to leave his body and enjoy the sea that he loved so much. Life was not kind to him but I felt this poem showed the kindness that his death may bring.l Thank you Sara - I searched long and hard.

Robyn Gillespie from Australia

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