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I'll Fly Away

In honor of Memorial Day and to the memories of those we have loved and lost.



Four Years and Years


We buried you on a lonely hill

(And I suppose you lie there still),

But it has been at least four years

Since I journeyed to your side;

And while you’ve slept your final sleep,

I’ve had one reckless ride.


Life’s revved me up and slowed me down;

I have been lost,

I have been found—

And as grass covered your

Just-turned ground,

Daylilies ranged the fields around,

And over your still feet

Sweet clover twined and climbed,

Mine have stumbled on to meet

The blocks and chocks of traveling time.


I will not pass this way again,

For my bones likely won’t abide

On this stony mountainside

But will be buried where I land;

And where that is, I have not planned

And would not, even if I could.


But if perchance I have the chance

And have not ceased to be,

I will think of you for years

In the lily-littered lea

Of the uneventful dead;

And as you sleep forever

In your high and lonesome bed,

In my mind I still will place

Wildflowers at your head.



taken from Elementa (Loosey Goosey Press, 2008)

Faith Goble


You can read Luan Gaines' review of Elementa at

and an interview at


You can hear a bluegrass version of this classic gospel song (written by Albert E. Brumley) performed by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch here:



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Taken on May 24, 2009