Because I Could Not Stop For Death

By Kadon Stabeno

Poem: Because I Could Not Stop For Death, By Emily Dickenson

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –

Or rather – He passed us –
The Dews drew quivering and chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –

Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity –

Main Idea:

Emily Dickenson's poem, Because I Could Not Stop For Death is basically about this girl who's life is flashing before her eyes. Death doesn't have a certain time when it will come, She didn't want death to come, for she didn't have time for death. She isn't really afraid of death, but she doesn't want it to come. When she says "And I had put away My labor and my leisure too," means that she had to stop living and enjoying her life because she was about to die.

Why I Chose This Poem?

I chose this poem because it is one that I can consider myself to be able to "relate" to. No, I don't plan on dying anytime soon. However, there are some people that would agree that this poem is about life flashing before your eyes because death has no time boundaries. I can find myself to be just living my life, not enjoying the things I have while I had them.

Don't Blink, Kenny Cheseny

I turned on the evening news
Saw an old man being interviewed
Turning a hundred and two today

Asked him what's the secret to life?
He looked up from his old pipe
Laughed and said, "All I can say is

Don't blink, just like that you're six years old
And you take a nap
And you wake up and you're twenty-five
And your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don't blink, you just might miss
Your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads
Next thing you know your better half

Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years
Goes faster than you think, so don't blink

I was glued to my TV, when it looked
Like he looked at me and said
"Best start putting first things first"

'Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can't flip it over and start again
Take every breathe God gives you for what it's worth

Don't blink, 'cause just like that you're six years old
And you take a nap
And you wake up and you're twenty-five
And your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don't blink, you just might miss
Your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads
Next thing you know your better half

Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years
Goes faster than you think, so don't blink

So I've been trying to slow it down
I've been trying to take it in
In this 'here today, gone tomorrow' world we're living in

So don't blink, 'cause just like that you're six years old
And you take a nap
And you wake up and you're twenty-five
And your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don't blink, you just might miss
Your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads
Next thing you know your better half

Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years
Goes faster than you think, so don't blink

No, don't blink
Don't blink
Life goes faster than you think
So don't blink

Life goes faster than you think
Don't blink
Don't blink
Life goes faster than you think

How do the poems relate, you ask?

Well, for starters, both the poems, for the most part, are about death. Don't Blink is about how your life will flash before your eyes. Because I Could Not Stop For Death is primarily about how death won't stop for anything, it is coming and your life, your activities, will have to come to a halt. Both this song and poem connect greatly by showing how quickly it can pass, as well as to enjoy it while you have it.

Original Poem: Life Abruptly

Life is an hourglass,

Some say the sand

Falls way to fast

Almost if planned


Life is an apple

Waiting to rot

It gives one less cackle

As life cannot


Life is an eagle

Flying on by

Some call it evil

How it goes ever so sly


Life is precious

Enjoy it all

Stop, enjoy, be breathless

For the long haul


Life can end at any second

So make it all count

You never can b-