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Requiem: John Updike’s Very Late Poem
January 29, 2009, 4:29 pm
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“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

John, you would have been right if this poem was never published.

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the loss of John Updike makes me wonder if the literary world is being replenished at the same rate that it’s losing such great writers

Comment by coffee

It might be occasion to celebrate another milestone- your birthday.

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