John Updike (1932-2009) remembered/ “Requiem”, a Poem

“Requiem” will be published in John Updike’s forthcoming collection “Endpoint” in September, said Nicholas Latimer, director of publicity at Alfred A. Knopf, a unit of Random House.


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.