A Visit to the Cemetery (Memorial Day 2010)


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Had to plant flowers at the cemetary today in the rain. Of course, this meant I had to write a poem.

A Visit to the Cemetery (Memorial Day 2010)

I walk narrow paths
trees sheltering light rain
and marble stones.
There is Grandma Kate
and Grandpa Matt.
2-12-1900, 12-1-1982
8-22-1899, 2-23-1983
These stones tell names and dates,
but cannot tell soul stories.
The parade is marching.
      I will plant
      my gift of love.

Kneeling in the dirt
I pull a lonely weed.
Shadows shiver through the rain.
I plant living seeds
and fill the holes with tears.
The parade is marching closer.
They see my bleeding grief.
Flags are flying high.
    They wave
    their gift of love.

A gift for you, my son.
Its essence captures
your brief glow in life.
8-20-1961, 5-31,1986
Memorial Day became your flag
winds whispering your song.
I still hear you calling, mom.
The rain has stopped.
The parade passed by.
Another year will pass.
   My gift- 

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wheelsal commented on A Visit to the Cemetery (Memorial Day 2010)


Another thank you. You are so special with your visits. Sally

ginga commented on A Visit to the Cemetery (Memorial Day 2010)


ssal, This poem's reality certainly includes the DOB abd DOD. This one truly placed my mind in a nearby cemetery reliving my visits. A wonderful memorial visit. ginga

SavVySam commented on A Visit to the Cemetery (Memorial Day 2010)


A truly heartfelt write of loving remembrance for those who have shared their lives. Beautifully done!



Thank you for your visit and comment.

nhorlandi commented on A Visit to the Cemetery (Memorial Day 2010)


I believe Memorial Day could be the equivalent of our All Saints Day, All Souls Day that is honoring the dead on Nov !st + 2nd of every year. This is of course a Catholic Holiday and it's for Catholics only. Well anyway, this is a nice write, an excellent tribute to our dear love ones who passed away. My father a US citizen was buried in Cambridge MA. I don't know if my relatives over there would visit my papa on this day and offer flowers and prayers for his soul and memories. Thanks Sally



YOu are welcome but I am thanking you for reading and thinking about something that is important in the US Sally

Oblaidon commented on A Visit to the Cemetery (Memorial Day 2010)


Very nice. We will have to tell our grand children of the stories. Easy 10. I'll read on.



Thank you for your visit. Sally

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

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Taking Down the Christmas Tree 2
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A Visit to the Cemetery (Memorial Day 2010) 9
A Walk 16
Haiku is Heavenly 7
Fun with Cinquain 6
Color me Spring 5
Salt and Pepper 4
Music within my Soul 12
Sonnet to You, My Love 9
Wind Mills 11
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