Monday, August 24, 2009

After Fifty Years
Bill Broxon

I walked among the Grave Markers,
Near my old home town,
And I saw a number of
Old friends.
John: Killed in world war two,
Buckey, Tooter,
And Teenie.
All were childhood pals.
There was Ann's mother, And
Verna Karhryn's Mother and
father. Uncle Levi, Aunt Sally,
And Mr.Smith. I saw Uncle
Charlie—And so many others
That brought fleeting Memories
of other days.
Then I came to the plot,
That Mama had bought for herself.
Suddenly the world was still,
Except for a bird
That was singing.
Once again I heard
Mama say to me,
"Son, when I die.
Take me home!"
I think that they were glad,
That I came and walked among
Their headstones,
And remembered
Each of them,
As they used to be.
I think that they were glad,
That I came all alone,
And did not disturb
The bird
That was singing.

This was theft, pure and simple, from The Writer's Almanac. I was altered to it by one of my oldest and dearest friends, Marshall Marvelli. For what it's worth, I have a slug of cemetery cartoons which I fantasize getting permission to run someday.

1 comment:

Sheri Fenley said...

No matter, it still touched my heart deeply.