An Elegy from a Malton Graveyard

In New Malton, there is dignity in death,

When you have coughed and hacked your final breath.

A single bed to sleep in, on your own,

Horizontal, blameless, alone, in peace,

In regular, neat rows of fine-cut stone,

With plastic flowers placed at the head.

A dignity, denied to the living,

Is generously bestowed on the dead.


The fallen leaves obey clean symmetry

In this immaculate cemetery.

There is seemliness and stately order,

A spare summation of a life well spent,

At odds with the chaotic lives the graves frame.

There are no dark struggles to make ends meet.

No endless arguments, with frantic heat.

Death expresses kindness and gives you a name.



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John Botterill

Wed 23rd Nov 2022 11:48

Thanks Keith. Lovely comment! 👍

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keith jeffries

Tue 22nd Nov 2022 11:28

This poem sums up well the words "Rest in Peace". When life is over only then do we find orderliness and dignity.
Thank you for this

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John Botterill

Sun 20th Nov 2022 08:46

Thanks so much for your lovely comments Rose and Holden. 😀
I thought it somewhat ironic that we look after dead people with great care and let some of the living go hungry. Just a thought..

Holden Moncrieff

Sun 20th Nov 2022 05:24

A stunning poem, John! I loved the lines
"A spare summation of a life well spent
At odds with the chaotic lives the graves frame." 🌷

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Rose Casserley

Sun 20th Nov 2022 00:53

This fantastic poem John just has to be your best ( so far! ) 👍

Rose 💋

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John Botterill

Fri 18th Nov 2022 22:00

Thanks MC. You are right, of course. There are many issues to consider when reviewing a life

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 18th Nov 2022 17:44

Peace may come to the mortal remains - but what of the spirit
forged in life? What is its fate? What of the balance of good
and evil we do in this life? 😏

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John Botterill

Fri 18th Nov 2022 10:56

Thanks so much for the likes Stephen G, Stephen A, KJ, John C,, Rose and K,. Lynn. You're right, Stephen. Peace and quiet would be nice, but not yet thank you haha 😂

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 17th Nov 2022 21:23

There's a sense of repose and a calm finality here, John. It is nice to know that peace will come to us all.

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John Botterill

Thu 17th Nov 2022 19:16

Thanks for the likes Tom, KJ and Helene 😀

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