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The Local Grave Digger Laments

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The Local Grave Digger Laments

(A true story)

Now i grow older, and beauteous memories turn to weeds,
this blood in my veins turn to water, like a river cold desolute
in the valley bleeds. Yet still on the hill rise i see
"Aunt Mary" Her hair more golden by the day, when my memory returns
and i think of september, and how she succumb like the freshness 
of new mowed hay, her passing beautiful and she would have approved.
Alas here in "Back Beck Cemetery" In december the rushing waters
hum a hollow song, the wailing tune of midwinter, 
to an unconcerned yet obedient audience.

the chilled musty air
agonize the aging stone...
deep waters rush by.

The tombstones glisten in the pale unloving sunlight,
my spade and i rendezvous there five and half days a week,
just to dig a little for the human race, just to carefully lay some of them here,
some holding on to their earthly hand me down attributes, some rightly earned,
others a relief from the eroding sentiment of life.
Oh! Then there are the infirmed, and the joy of knowing I, 
here in this their final resting place, knowing this their very last winter of discontent!

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  1. Date: 2/9/2013 9:14:00 AM
    Very unique way to go with the topic of the contest..Great winning work..Enjoyed reading your creativity..Sara

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 10:50:00 AM
    Hi Harry, Congratulations on your winning "mixed up poem." Have yourself a nice day~ :-) xox~PD

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 12:35:00 PM
    Your haiku caught the somber mood of the verses. I read compassion in words so eloquently written. Of those I've read, though all well written, this one to me should have made it higher on the list. Congrats on your win !!

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 4:04:00 AM
    Congratulations harry there is so much in this it takes many reads to get it all I love it xx

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 7:36:00 PM
    congrats on your win Harry

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 7:04:00 PM
    What a fine job you did showing us your maudlin mood, the chill of bone and spirit, i was very happy with your entry. Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 9:41:00 PM
    Ok I get it, I love winter I truly do, no discontent found here. Excellent piece

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 9:01:00 AM
    an excellent write Harry....that last line is a gem....winning wishes

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 10:32:00 PM
    WOW, this is outstanding, Harry. You dug graves at one time?? In the winter too? oh my. I just love this one. some of your best work is this type of poetry. FAVE

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 4:29:00 PM
    Heavy thoughts, Harry... inspired! Terry

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 12:40:00 PM
    love this thoughtful write, Harry - a sure winner

  1. Date: 1/30/2013 12:31:00 PM
    Harry, this is a very compelling read and an excellent entree for the contest, a must for the winners list...I taught a grave digger to drive many years ago and the tales he used to tell would have filled a book....David