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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 www.curledup.com/elementa.htm

and an interview at www.curledup.com/intfgoble.htm.

 

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

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdRdqp4N3Jw

 

 

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Taken on May 24, 2009