cemetery challenge poetry

A Walk Amongst the Stones


A recent visit to the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (in San Diego, California) inspired this poem. Whenever I go there I’m struck with how many thousands of lives are gone – – and what stories they never had the chance to tell.

A sea of white Vermont marble
spreads across the closely clipped grass,
spilling down to the ocean below.

On each, chiseled
a name.

Stories so numerous
even the sea could not hold them.

Here and there, splotches of red or yellow;
bright buds that quickly fade,
carefully arranged amongst an ocean of green.

A crow, black as midnight, perched
on one, a rusted tin balanced on another.

And the sea, always the sea, listening.

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