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I Have a Rendezvous With Life by Countee Cullen | Poets.org

I Have a Rendezvous With Life
by Countee Cullen

 

I have a rendezvous with Life,
In days I hope will come,
Ere youth has sped, and strength of mind,
Ere voices sweet grow dumb.
I have a rendezvous with Life,
When Spring's first heralds hum.
Sure some would cry it's better far
To crown their days with sleep
Than face the road, the wind and rain,
To heed the calling deep.
Though wet nor blow nor space I fear,
Yet fear I deeply, too,
Lest Death should meet and claim me ere
I keep Life's rendezvous.

 

About This Poem

Countee Cullen wrote "I Have a Rendezvous With Life" as a poetic reply to Alan Seeger's popular poem, "I Have a Rendezvous With Death" (1916). Cullen won a citywide competition with this early poem, which was then published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies.

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