Jessie Redmon Fauset

(1882-1961 / Camden County, New Jersey)

Oblivion - Poem by Jessie Redmon Fauset

I hope when I am dead that I shall lie
In some deserted grave--I cannot tell you why,
But I should like to sleep in some neglected spot
Unknown to every one, by every one forgot.

There lying I should taste with my dead breath
The utter lack of life, the fullest sense of death;
And I should never hear the note of jealousy or hate,
The tribute paid by passersby to tombs of state.

To me would never penetrate the prayers and tears
That futilely bring torture to dead and dying ears;
There I should lie annihilate and my dead heart would bless
Oblivion--the shroud and envelope of happiness.


Comments about Oblivion by Jessie Redmon Fauset

  • Khairul Ahsan Khairul Ahsan (6/24/2016 10:07:00 PM)

    Sad, somber thoughts on life after death- 'The utter lack of life, the fullest sense of death'.
    The poet's imagination and expression is amazingly touchy:
    'The utter lack of life, the fullest sense of death'.... and also,
    'And I should never hear the note of jealousy or hate,
    The tribute paid by passersby to tombs of state'... excellent!
    The title of the poem is quite appropriate. (Report) Reply

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  • Amar Agarwala Amar Agarwala (6/24/2016 8:34:00 PM)

    A nicely composed poetry on death and beyond. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (6/24/2016 4:34:00 PM)

    What we seek in life for death belies reality
    For it comes to all in totality.

    A thought provoking poem with great form. Thank you.

    Robert (Report) Reply

  • Sara Militello Sara Militello (6/24/2016 4:20:00 PM)

    A powerful poem! It's a poem which can be written only by one who has had her fill of the falsities and hypocrisy that poses as sincerity in this present world culture. I feel this poem! thanks for sharing. I have voted it a 10. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (6/24/2016 7:00:00 AM)

    Deep in slumber five feet beneath
    That is all in death we seek
    Free of smiles, free of tears
    And of the past or future fears......

    Great poem madam...looking forward to more..... (Report) Reply

    Khairul Ahsan Khairul Ahsan (6/24/2016 10:01:00 PM)

    Loved your four lines, really nice!

  • Istabraq Al Ahmadi Istabraq Al Ahmadi (6/24/2016 6:49:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem about the reality of death! (Report) Reply

  • Latha G Latha G (6/24/2016 4:45:00 AM)

    A man or a woman wanting to get relief of tears and sorrows seeking to the death as it
    Would give ultimate relief is the belief. But God has placed the soul between births and deaths
    So it may be difficult to imagine what does happen to the soul after death, is highly subjective.

    Appreciate for the imaginative power behind this poem. Very good one! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (6/24/2016 4:27:00 AM)

    Unknown to every one! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/24/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    An unassuming personality representing a common man that is rare to find even among common or not so common people. I like this poem. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/24/2016 1:57:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful and imaginative poem about one's own death. (Report) Reply

  • Bill Upton Bill Upton (10/29/2015 3:19:00 PM)

    A much different take on the feeling of death. It seems you would want to just leave behind all the madness when it is time. It is a forlorn message, but there is room for forlorn. Quite an interesting take! Kudos. (Report) Reply

  • Curtis Johnson (10/29/2015 12:11:00 PM)

    Hope is a reality that affords all of us to dream and believe, and in the end, that same hope may well rescue us from worst nightwares (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu Babatunde Aremu (10/29/2015 9:56:00 AM)

    Facing life realities. Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (10/29/2015 8:46:00 AM)

    Death is for all of us. Nice piece. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 3, 2010



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