Poem written near a Cemetery 2 of 2
On 13th February 2012
But nowhere in that cemetery I could find,
Flowers smiling on any Stone, Tomb or grave,
Whatever big may have been,
The status of those, who were buried there,
With or without any pomp and show.
Some of these yester year stars,
Were laid here with a simple stone,
Standing as a symbol of their death,
Without telling their simple stories and
And without telling much about their lores,
I came back again after searching a lot,
On the grave of this noble soul,
The small flowers were still busy in,
Swinging and dancing,
On the stone of Sophia Rees.
Those wild little yellow flowers,
Had called me from a distance,
Perhaps to convey the story,
Of this unknown noble soul.
I counted those tiny yellow flowers
They were six only all swinging in the air,
To find on whose stone they were blooming,
I started reading,
The faint and dim stone lines,
Where the engraved letters had lost their ink,
Wiped away by the passing of time.
But the first three lines,
Made me to stand on my toes,
I could read very clearly,
In the clear upper lines it was written,
“Sophia Rees Owen 31 years old
left this world on 27th November 1834,
Leaving her husband and six children.
She was a sincere friend and
Truly attached wife and Most devoted mother”.
Something told me silently in my mind,
Why on this grave only,
The Nature had bloomed,
A bunch of smiling and dancing flowers,
This unknown lady of yester years
Was perhaps a noble and kind hearted soul.
May be Sophia was a lover of Nature,
May be a Poet, a Philosopher, a Painter or
May be she was a wonderful Singer,
Who wanted to sing some beautiful songs,
But before she could have tuned her instruments,
Was called by the God in Heaven.
What a strange thing it was,
To come and to watch in that graveyard,
Those little flowers and the grave of Sophia Rees,
Which I had noticed unknowingly,
From across the boundary,
While I was passing on the road.
These lines are my homage to that noble soul,
Who is spreading her smiles even to this day,
As if through these flowers,
She was singing some of her most dear song.
Kanpur India 13& 14th Feb 2012
“Text of the Stone on Sophia Rees Owen”
“In the memory of Sophia Rees Owen
The beloved wife of H T Owen Esqr.
Of the H C Civil Service, who died on the 27th
Nov.1834 aged 31 years 11months and 18days.
Leaving her husband and Six children to lament
Her loss. She was a sincere friend, a truly
Attached wife and a devoted Mother...