Continuing to describe the macabre events occurring across the street, the speaker then reports seeing "the Minister" enter the house. It seems to the speaker that the minister behaves as if he must take possession of everything even "the Mourners"—and the speaker adds that the minister also owns the "little Boys" as well.
The poet has offered a genuine depiction of what is occurring in the present time as well as what occurred in the past, and she is doing so using the character of an adult male who is looking back to his memories of seeing such a sight as a child.
The authenticity of a woman speaking though a male voice demonstrates the mystic ability of this poet to put herself in the persona of the opposite sex in order to create a dramatic event. Not all poets can pull off such a feat. When Langston Hughes created a mixed-race character in his poem, "Cross," and spoke in first person, his depiction was questionable as he assigned feelings to a person not of his own race.