In Memoriam

The New York Times  ran this John Updike poem and it was too good not to share:

Requiem

It came to me the other day:
Were I to die, no one would say,
“Oh, what a shame! So young, so full
Of promise — depths unplumbable!”

Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes
Will greet my overdue demise;
The wide response will be, I know,
“I thought he died a while ago.”

For life’s a shabby subterfuge,
And death is real, and dark, and huge.
The shock of it will register
Nowhere but where it will occur.

JOHN UPDIKE

This poem is taken from John Updike’s forthcoming collection, “Endpoint and Other Poems.”

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2 responses to “In Memoriam

  1. Interestingly, i just recently discovered John Updike… I haven’t fallen in love with all of his work yet, though i’m starting to enjoy his candid writing style;

    his passing is a sad loss indeed

  2. Wow. I love it. I’m going to have to look for his upcoming collection. Thanks for sharing it!

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