Sunday, June 12, 2011

i should not dare



i should not dare to leave my friend,
because ... because if he should die
while i was gone ... and i ... too late
should reach the heart that wanted me ...

if i should disappoint the eyes
that hunted ... hunted so ... to see ...
and could not bear to shut until
they "noticed" me ... they noticed me ...

if i should stab the patient faith
so sure i'd come ... so sure i'd come ...
it listening ... listening ... went to sleep ...
telling my tardy name ...

my heart would wish it broke before ...
since breaking then ... since breaking then ...
we're useless as next morning's sun ...
where midnight frosts ... had lain!

words emily dickinson

i should not dare (david sylvian) available from samadhisound

23 comments:

nollyposh said...

Neither should i

Dulce said...

Beautiful words by great poet sung by beautiful words...

JJRod'z said...

i'm touched by the thought of it...

nice one!

aguja said...

Emily Dickinson has an ability to enter into one's very soul and put thoughts into words.

Thank you for this one!

Ruth said...

So beautiful, Steven. I find the repetitions of her words and phrases, especially when sung by David Sylvian, to be so poignant and melancholy. With regret we say, if only, if only . . .

steven said...

then nollyposh you mustn't!! steven

steven said...

dulce - david sylvian has covered more than one of emily's poems and each has been more beautiful than the previous one. steven

steven said...

jjrod'z, it's how friends could and should be. steven

steven said...

aguja - it astonishes me that she wrote what she wrote, how she wrote, when she wrote. i'm so glad you enjoyed it. steven

steven said...

ruth - her writing is so soft and then also so direct. david's voice and musical accompaniment have similar qualities and that may be why he turns to her words occasionally. steven

acornmoon said...

Emily Dickinson wrote the most amazing poetry which was totally unique and even now seems so very modern. She had the most extraordinary talent.

Reya Mellicker said...

Wow!

Talking about the poem and the soundtrack and also the banner. Every drop of water like a diamond on those daisies.

steven said...

valerie, i completely agree with your wonder and admiration. steven

steven said...

reya, i took the photograph of the daisies in the pouring rain. the one in the front was such a star -she remembered where she came from. the one just behind her was comfortable with her place. steven

Maureen said...

A marvelous musical setting of Dickinson's words.

steven said...

maureen i'm glad you enjoyed it. steven

Friko said...

how is it that you can always reach the essential me?

steven said...

friko i don't honestly know. in this instance the chance confluence of an outstanding poet and musician carry the weight of the day for me. i'm glad that they helped lift your day also. steven

Titus said...

Thank you.

steven said...

well titus you're very welcome of course!! steven

Bee said...

That gorgeous banner reminds me of English weather at the moment -- a mixture of sunshine and rain!

I hope you've had a restful Sunday, Steven.

steven said...

bee - for what it's worth - our weather in southern ontario has wavered between the extremes of forty plus celsius right to the low double digits with gallons of rain. ummm i mean litres. steven

Divya said...

Beautiful it is .. both emily's words and the voice.