A Photo Of An Old Grave (Courtesy Of Danny Reynolds) Poem by Fred Babbin

A Photo Of An Old Grave (Courtesy Of Danny Reynolds)

Rating: 3.5

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

~ Jon London ~ 01 June 2008

Fred, this is brilliant...you create such lovely flowing expression...amazing talent '10' best wishes Jon

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Stone Granite 04 June 2008

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.

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Lee Sharon 05 June 2008

hey nice but don't seems to be a poem but very nice

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Sathyanarayana M V S 03 August 2008

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

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Danny Reynolds 26 May 2008

OK. Ya got me. LOL Danny; ¬)

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Chuck Audette 04 February 2010

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

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Barbara Sallee 18 June 2009

Fred, 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

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Ben Gieske 04 December 2008

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.

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Ashraful Musaddeq 09 September 2008

'Do graveyards need a license for their poet-magnets? ' Enjoyed this beautiful ending.

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Andrew Blakemore 19 August 2008

A really atmospheric poem Fred, great work. Best wishes, Andrew

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