It's getting close to the end here. I needed to get one done fast.
The other day one of my closest friends, who's going through chemo, sent me a quote from a blog. The quote spoke of how through this battle they knew death's skin, the texture. I liked that imagery, that familiarity with death. But it went on to talk about how they had so much life to live and they would not give up. I told my friend I was going to write a song about that quote.
As I wrote lyrics I thought of the Emily Dickinson poem, "Because I Could Not Stop For Death." I took her title and slightly changed it. Her poem was about eternity but my lyrics are decidedly about living life to the fullest. I've written a lot of sad, dark songs this FAWM and I want to end with positivity.
Also, you can hear death's motorcycle quite loudly towards the end. 😀
Walked with death for years now
Know the texture of her skin
I will not let her allow
To sing the coda of my hymn
There is much I want to do
Love inside for me to give
Every morning I’ll pursue
Living in a state of bliss
Because I will not stop for death
Though she may be near
I will fight to my last breath
I won’t give in to fear