Thursday, July 22, 2010

Silent City

Every now and then,
I visit the stone houses inside the gates of Woodland Cemetery
 where quiet residents speak softly of long ago and far away.

I always pause in front of this lovely gravestone guardian
and wonder whose stone house she's guarding.
A cherished grandpa, a lovely mother, an infant daughter?

Her youthful face,
so beautiful with age and weather,
slips from the grasp of my camera.

I can't capture her mystery...
only the stone from which she's carved.

I read sweet epitaphs dedicated to beloved ones...

...admire old soldiers,

...grieve for young heroes,

...and regret the loss of lives cut short.

In a little while, the silence seems deafening and
I wish for the cacaphony of life again--
to sing songs,
listen to the news,
blog, chat and tweet,
 and hold a sweet boy
who smiles and gurgles with baby talk.
My sun is still shining.
I can still smell the flowers,
taste life's bread and wine,
and celebrate
glorious days of
family, friends, and health.

I leave the quiet ones to their rest...

...until I return another day
to admire, remember, and  circle the sleeping city once more.
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lakeviewer said...

I love cemeteries for these structures, for the loving thoughts capturing a life, for the scent of history all around.

mise said...

Yes, some places have still reminders of mortality that are almost tangible. You've switched off the buzz for a little while with your post. (Did my email reach you?)

Susan Erickson said...

Peaceful always but sad .....such melancholy in a cemetery. The guardian's face and aged patina is very soothing though.... Lovely visit and beautiful words....

Trailboss said...

Kathleen loved this post today. I overheard her in her study this morning, talking to you with admiration. Alas, she doesn't comment on-line, but she loved it all nonetheless.
(I did too)
Bro Stan

S. Etole said...

pensive ... with beauty

RuneE said...

Seven years ago yesterday my father was buried, so in may ways this post brings back thoughts.

mise said...

Hi again, Becky! My emails don't seem to reach you at all, but my address is pfw at pretty far west dot com, with no spaces.

emily wierenga said...

oh, this is lovely... an such a good reminder to embrace the moment. i hope you can link up with me next thursday. peace to you... e.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

A beautiful face, and a lovely post. Pause for thought.

Terra said...

This is very meaningful and thought provoking. Thank you. Oh the young man killed in battle, and the young lady. Let's find joy and spread it to others.

Dimple said...

Hi Becky,
Thanks for this moving post. Cemeteries tell many stories, especially if one can read between the lines a little. And they are such beautiful places, like parks.
The stone maiden is beautiful.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Beautiful and soulful. Just like the writer. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers...they were felt. So felt.

SuzyQ said...

Achingly beautiful post. I love to walk in cemetaries too. Glad I'm not alone :)
I wander around and imagine the lifestories of all those souls in the bare words engraved on stone.
The guardian's face is ethereal, angelic even.
Thank you for sharing these reflections from your day.

Beach House Living said...

Old cemeteries are quite fascinating aren't they. I grew up near a one where soldiers from the civil war were buried. The church on the grounds was in the process of being built and the pews stained by the wounded were left that way.

mise said...

In case my email doesn't reach you...:

"Thanks, Becky! It has such dignity, like a proud escapee from commerce. And you always take great photos. A fine companion to my other coca-cola picture."

simpledaisy said...

What a beautiful post.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

beautiful and peaceful post

Anonymous said...

Poor Fannie died on my birthday. An sooo young. Don't you just love the things that headstones show you? They are like artwork too.


Jeanne said...

Beautiful post Becky. Like you, I am drawn to cemeteries, You can't help but wonder. I can relate to everything you have said here...beautiful photographs:)

Jeanne xx

Ford and Jenn said...

This is very beautiful. The statue reminds me of those we saw in Savannah, GA.

mimi said...

what a beautiful cemetery. Some people find them creepy.... but there is history there, and beauty and connection, and a reminder.... none of us is promised tomorrow. Make the most of this day. Thanks for sharing.P.S., yes do a post on your books!

ELK said...

you captured some really stunning pieces in this "silent city" great title!!

Holly said...

I also enjoy wandering through cemetaries reading the stones ... there is a charm that I don't find in modern life.

Jeanne Klaver said...

I love visiting cemeteries. You do a good job capturing the essence.