Poem: When I Am Dead by Christina Rossetti

“When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet:
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on as if in pain:

And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply I may forget.”
— Christina Rossetti (The Complete Poems)

In memories of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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2 thoughts on “Poem: When I Am Dead by Christina Rossetti

  1. This is beautiful. I too wrote a poem about the event, though not nearly as formal or touching. It’s so sad things like this happen.

  2. Christina Rosetti was a marvellous poet…I have written a poem about this but have yet to post it. It’s a sad thing…for everyone….As a mom, my heart goes out to the families. Such a tragedy!

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