Down the Rainlit Lane after Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death”

Down the Rainlit Lane
after Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not stop for Death”

Annabel Mahoney

Because I would not stop for Death,
Death came and followed me;
She came for me from in the hay,
from the wide and open sea

Because I would not stop for Her,
She walks on through the fog;
She comes out with her steely knives,
She comes out with her dogs

Because I ran without Her,
round & through the owly wood;
She seeks for me within them
with her boots; without her hood

And one day She will find me
(and I cannot hide for long);
for now She stands at the sink & dreams
in the moonlight & owlsong

[Annabel Mahoney]

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