Treasure Island

Fred Babbin

(1925 / Chicago)

A PHOTO OF AN OLD GRAVE (Courtesy of Danny Reynolds)

A PHOTO OF AN OLD GRAVE (Courtesy of Danny Reynolds)

This was once
a very grand grave,
Very, very, old,
but still standing.

by carved stone fencing,
headed off
by an ornate Gothic cross.

But now unattended
for scores of years,
there is a new mourner.

Inside the rectangle,
a tree has sprouted,
and been allowed to grow.

The main stem, erupting
from where the head would lay.
The roots drawing
from the nutrients below.

When I look at this scene,
I feel pity and joy in equal parts,
as I sense both neglect
...and resurrection.

Do graveyards need a license
for their poet-magnets?

Fred Babbin

Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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  • Chuck Audette (2/4/2010 2:59:00 PM)

    Love the image here. Life is rooted in death. I'd like an apple tree on me, please. -chuck (Report) Reply

  • Barbara Sallee (6/18/2009 6:54:00 PM)

    Thank you for the comment on my poem, this is my first day on this site and everyone is very nice. I just read this poem 'A PHOTO OF AN OLD GRAVE'
    And i truly enjoyed your writing style.i will certainly be reading more of your musings.
    Barbie (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (2/23/2009 12:53:00 PM)

    Not a nice place to visit at all but you have made it nice coupling the death and life
    together by a fine root.Let the life breath in old graves to blow the breeze of serenity all around.
    *********************************************************************************************** (Report) Reply

  • Ben Gieske (12/4/2008 8:15:00 AM)

    Great ending (as I sense both neglect /...and resurrection.)
    I once tried to release an old, small cemetery from its overgrown weeds, invading tree limbs, etc. In searching for genealogical information I have also come across a tree wrapped around a grave stone (It was so big) and actually more plants and trees than graves. There is so much art (Celtic cross) and so many stories hidden in those old cemeteries. You are contributing to our greater appreciation of the past with this poem.
    We should take time to look more carefully and see what’s really there. (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (8/3/2008 12:30:00 AM)

    A very good question. The structure of the poem shows the widom and authority of the poet and thoughts so mature. The beginning of your poem is the ending of my poem GRAVEYARD. Thanks for sharing the thoughts
    sathya narayana (Report) Reply

  • Stone Granite (6/4/2008 2:25:00 PM)

    Wonderfully done, my friend. At some point, and as time moves on, no one will mourn our passing. As always, an oustanding effort, and as always a humble 10 from me. (Report) Reply

  • ~ Jon London ~ (6/1/2008 10:23:00 AM)

    Fred, this is create such lovely flowing expression...amazing talent '10'

    best wishes
    Jon (Report) Reply

  • David Desantis (5/30/2008 2:48:00 PM)

    poet magnets! ! That's I love your work, it's real, and always reflect...definately DOES NOT deserve that score 10/10 for me (Report) Reply

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