Anne Sexton

(9 November 1928 – 4 October 1974 / Newton, Massachusetts)

The Truth the Dead Know


Gone, I say and walk from church,
refusing the stiff procession to the grave,
letting the dead ride alone in the hearse.
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  • Rookie Nick Donaldson (4/11/2009 1:22:00 PM)

    Her parents died at roughly the same time as this poem was written so I think it's about her accepting her own mortality: She knows she's going to die and she doesn't want to make a big deal about it (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,743 Points john tiong chunghoo (9/12/2006 4:35:00 AM)

    a very sincere write about the dead. yes, death is more like a final sleep to me.
    the last call to heaven. (Report) Reply

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