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- 
   forget-me-nots.

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

06-17-2010

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

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

06-16-2010

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)

05-31-2010

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

wheelsal

05/31/2010

Thank you for your visit and comment.

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

05-30-2010

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

wheelsal

05/30/2010

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)

05-25-2010

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

wheelsal

05/27/2010

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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