Jessie Redmon Fauset

(1882-1961 / the United States)

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

  • 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

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  • 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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