Monday, October 13, 2008

Farewell

[for the upcoming observances of "All Hallows' Eve" & All Saints' Day]

Tie the strings to my life, my Lord,
Then I am ready to go!
Just a look at the horses---
Rapid! That will do!

Put me in on the firmest side,
So I shall never fall;
For we must ride to the Judgment,
And it's partly down hill.

But never I mind the bridges,
And never I mind the sea;
Held fast in everlasting race*
By my own choice and thee.

Good-bye to the life I used to live,
and the world I used to know;

And kiss the hills for me, just once;
Now I am ready to go!
----Emily Dickinson

*It's really God who chooses us. (John 15:16)

4 comments:

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks for this poem. Emily Dickinson was a great writer. I was unfamiliar with this poem.

Of the Dickinson poems I've read, this one may be the most specifically Christian.

Triona Trog said...

Thanks for the poetry as usual Marie!

C. Marie Byars said...

Thanks for visiting & sorry I didn't get back to you all sooner. Life has been so VERY busy, but remarkably more fulfilling since we moved!!! We already had to deal with someone in church who appeared to be somewhat narcissistic, but things are on an even keel now, and this church is like one giant extended family---in the good way. Our kids are blossoming since coming to a town that's not so retirement oriented & we grown-ups have a renewed sense of purpose & of what's really important in life. I'm so extremely busy in school, but when I come out, I will be able to fully provide services to people whereas before I could only be a "helper" in this field. My husband is right now a part-time pastor & a hospice chaplain. You all take care & God bless! I'll come over & visit!!!

Myra said...

Hi! Thanks for your recent comment! I have decided to try something new and blog again, in a small sort of way. I still have Picture My Thoughts, my daily photo devotional. I decided to do a new online journal, though.
Visit me! I'm now at
http://shadowfeet.tumblr.com
I think you are the third person I've told! I hope your Thanksgiving was great.