The Write Sisters: Poetry Friday–Poetry In Unexpected Places
From: THE WRITE SISTERS
August 10, 2012 at 12:01AM
Don’t you love coming upon a line of poetry in spray paint on an underpass? Or seeing a short poem on a subway? Part of the delight is in the unexpectedness.
I’ve posted before on the topic on my library blog, Kurious Kitty’s Kurio Kabinet, you can revisit the 2009 post here where you’ll find mention of poetry in public toilets among other places!
In that post I didn’t mention old graveyards. Often a verse will be carved at the bottom of an old headstone. Sometimes you have to get right down on all fours to read it, but it’s worth the resultant dirty knees. Here in New England where we have centuries’ old graveyards, it may be easier to find snippets of poetry, but no matter where you live enjoy a stroll through an old graveyard, if for nothing else but to relax in the peace of the place.
Here’s a poem by Aphra Behn, who lived during the 1600s:
Epitaph on the Tombstone of a Child, the Last of Seven that Died Before
This Little, Silent, Gloomy Monument,
Contains all that was sweet and innocent;
The softest pratler that e’er found a Tongue,
His Voice was Musick and his Words a Song;
Which now each List’ning Angel smiling hears,
Such pretty Harmonies compose the Spheres;
Wanton as unfledg’d Cupids, ere their Charms
Has learn’d the little arts of doing harms;
Fair as young Cherubins, as soft and kind,
And tho translated could not be refin’d;
The Seventh dear pledge the Nuptial Joys had given,
Toil’d here on Earth, retir’d to rest in Heaven;
Where they the shining Host of Angels fill,
Spread their gay wings before the Throne, and smile.
I hope, dear reader, that you don’t think me morbid. I find poems on gravestones to be a sign of a great love for the departed left for all of us to enjoy.
Today’s Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held at Violet Nesdoly / poems.
Photo by danmachold.