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FORGOTTEN IN TIME

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FORGOTTEN IN TIME

These marble stones the mosses mar
Lie dormant above the earth.
They tell us who these mute folk are 
With blurred inscriptions of their birth.

Many there are with forgotten names
And there is no one to remember
The tenuous hold that kinship claims 
To any living family member.

No visitors come to dress the stones
Or give them any passing thought.
To this silent field of long unknowns
Neither flowers nor wreaths are brought.

But someone must have called on a friend
That then had recently passed away-
They planted a bush to mark the end 
Of their temporary earthly stay.

Long ago it was a panoply
With many fragrant flowers to dangle;
Now fronds drape down in a canopy
That is a jumbled leafy tangle.

It all but obscures the marker stone
As for years it has been neglected,
And now has become too overgrown
And denies the attention once affected.

This bush, like the friend that was thought of,
Has fallen from out of the mind,
And though surely it was planted in love,
It’s just as surely been forgotten in time.

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  1. Date: 8/1/2012 2:48:00 AM
    Bruce, A small reminder for me to go to my families grave side. Sometimes I don't go because of the pain and most of the time I don't go because they are with me everyday that goes by. I once read in an obituary that there is marked on the stone your birth year and death year, but the most important mark is the dash in between the two years because that reprsents your life. I was floored to read such a deep and meaningful thought.

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 12:28:00 AM
    I very much enjoyed this wonderful poem

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 12:27:00 AM
    I very much enjoyed this wonderful rhyme