blundering through a disused cemetery

I nonchalantly wade in wind waved depths

of a long grassed field

overlooking a  sea pounded bay

catching my knee

on what I find to my surprise

is an extremely old headstone

followed by many more

but most having fallen down due to subsidence


from upon one leaning precariously

what could be a resident magpie

disturbed by my slow approach takes flight

leaving a squawk of annoyance in his wake.


The deceased

( should they still be resting in between their journey

from this life to wherever )

lying beneath my misguided feet

might also be annoyed like the bird

due to my inadvertent intrusion of this sacred ground.


And discovering some of their prestigious titles

it seems to me 

that this abandonment of the upkeep

is nothing but a disgrace


to which I'm sure

despite being a commoner

the ex-Lords and Ladies

Mayors and Mayoresses

Admirals and Field Marshals 

residing in these eternal beds of earth

would haughtily agree!    


◄ older the driver the longer the journey the whiter the knuckles

looking forward to backtracking ►


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Tue 27th Feb 2018 18:50

it will probably come to that Jemima

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Jemima Jones

Tue 20th Feb 2018 19:51

this disrespectful scenario says a lot for the option of cremation don't you think Leon. According to the latest news on the housing crisis, it may become compulsory. Enjoyed your poem. Thank you.Jemima.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Thu 15th Feb 2018 21:25

easily done and sad to come across. Great stuff man!

P&S xx

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Thu 15th Feb 2018 17:08

my thank's for your inspirational liking Keith

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Wed 14th Feb 2018 12:29

I don't think it will be much longer until we run out of places to bury the dead especially as land for house building is becoming more scarce by the day Rose.? for the comment and typo spotting.

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Rose Casserley

Wed 14th Feb 2018 09:41

even in 'used' cemeteries, you can see headstones in the terrible conditions you describe here Leon.
I suppose it happens when the families of the deceased moved out of the area or have all passed away. Sad nevertheless.

check your title Leon ...'an'

Rose ?

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