A brink of clouded moonlight
amongst oranges and blood-kissed red tucked away between headstones
with stories longing to tell
I'd love to sit beneath the cherry blossom tree
Although, someone else resides below
Their spirit will hold it forever
The grass I sit on is fertilized
by hundreds of human bodies
What is going on underneath?
Do the spirits dance, drink?
Celebrate their freedom?
Under the birthstones
in the carcass yard
is where the flesh tombs lie.
Decomposing for three long years.
dreams and fears.
Becoming next, the black gloop
treacle of putrification.
Now bones, just old bones
is the remain of what was once,
a spirit with a name.
Poetry by Kaydee.
Birthstones = gravestones
Carcass yard = graveyard
Flesh tomb = a body (alive or dead)
I begin my walk
on the circled asphalt path
behind the old Lutheran church
founded in 1790
the crickets chirp
a defiant roar
as I descend upon their quiet space
clouds are dark and a bit threatening
are they spirits taking form above me?
mistral winds on a windless day
seem to gather and fuse into words
held for a moment...clear
then lost to fuzzy and distorted whispers
'They are here...'
'Listen to me...I must ****'
'I have an angel'
I stop at a headstone
I'm not sure why
but I attempt
to pronounce the last name of this departed soul
on the 3rd try I am interrupted by a young boy
who corrects me with the proper pronunciation
I turn at the gate and advise the spirits
that I am leaving
a friendly 'okay' came back to me
I have walked in the living room of the dead
upon review of my 20 minute evp session in this cemetery, I came upon more than 30 anomalies including several direct responses. I have been doing this since 2013 and have never approached the level of activity I received on this walk. The response I got when pronouncing the last name on the headstone and being corrected...may be the one most fascinating evp I have ever captured.
Yesterday when passing by the cemetary
There was a small family gathering
maybe was a friend, a family member
Or an ancestor from long ago
Even though I can't really say for sure
Cause I actually don't know
Only was the way those few people
were holding each other close
There was a feeling like a butterfly
caught on a mild gentle breeze
And like those dandelion petals
flying unexpectedly past me
Was that moment on second glance
When I knew in depths my soul
Was someone they loved deeply
and didn't want to let go
It blended eight bent branches
Curled a curved roof o'er-head.
With dead feelings; hurt, burnt, Dead.
Walking through the cemetary
I wonder very desperately
why each and every gravestone
lacks the name of the dead soul.
In a cemetery of broken dreams
and people who died too young.
Is a gravestone that reads stoically:
"Here lies the one who once sung
a thousand words every day
and a thousand words every night,
until she sang her last words
and popped a lung."
I can't believe these words I read!
What a tragedy it must be
to die before one
can ever complete the song they love.
Next to that burial site
of the singer with no name,
is another morose stone that reads:
"Here lies the one who took aim
at a thousand targets everyday
and a thousand targets every night
until he finally missed one
and made himself very lame."
I can't comprehend the pain he felt
as he worked so hard
and look where his efforts got him!
He shot himself.
Several concrete slabs down
is another grieving stone
"Here lies the one who had sewn
a thousand stiches everyday
and a thousand stitches every night
Until they finally stabbed the needle
right through to the bone."
Why must they hurt more
when trying to fix themselves?
Now the art they created to wear
will never be worn by anyone.
In the cemetary of broken dreams
and people who died too young
are gravestones that share the essence
of who the unnamed soul was.
dusted over and
towers and the solitary
echo of the wind -
perhaps once there
was a presence to
this Plateau, if anything
it’s buried in the woods
of the cemetery with the
legacy. A dead tree in
a dying field, engulfed
by emptiness and a monument
to the past: but how much
longer will it last?