Mourning tombstone soldiers
dressed in finest sundial hour hands
march across dewy emerald time
Under morning light of present day,
sleep wars in history’s cold tomb,
tears long dried on granite stone
Cannons guard chime tower door,
stained glass tribute to heaven’s gate,
while bones retreat in honored decay
Only visitors: a flock of geese,
a crow perched on carved marker,
on distant hill, a gravedigger stirs
The bloody battles long resolved
for these heroic souls of yore,
stories buried along with wounds
Volunteers, conscripts, nurses,
some far too young for their fate,
in death: silence of peace screams pain
Tick tock, ethereal boots walk,
history wise to be remembered,
alas, too easily repeated, forgotten
~ Emily C.
All photography mine. Spent my morning walk at the cemetery today. I pass it frequently and have noticed how beautiful it is in the morning so I thought I’d change up my routine a bit. Peaceful, quiet, solitary (well, not quite).
I even stumbled upon the burial plot of the Denny family, the original founders of the city of Seattle. Big name around here…there are major streets and park named after them, but I didn’t know they were buried here, so that was a nice surprise.
Paid my respects to the veterans memorial cemetery. And probably have a decent supply of inspiration just from spending about an hour there today. You may get more cemetery-inspired poetry.