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Do not stand at my grave and weep,|
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die
~Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)
Her memorial page is #40647533
Strangers in the Box
by Pamela A. Harazim
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?
Make time to save your pictures,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
Behold and see as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so must you be
Prepare for death and follow me
(Taken from the headstone of my great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, Josephus Benoni Bellamy, whom died in 1777 at age 16)
The Recording of a Cemetery
by Thelma Greene Reagan
Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hallowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
~ Walter Butler Palmer (1906)
His memorial page is #87759950
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|SkåneBesökare||RE: Knud Holm Nyeland - Cypress Lawn Cemetery, Colma, California|
Thank you for adding Frida, she was Knud's wife. I just sent you an edit to include her maiden name, and to add her place of birth.
I appreciate the photos! Thanks again.
|Denise Ratterman Jackson||Moody|
Thank you very much for the photo. I understand the problem about the stone and I appreciate your efforts very much. Denise
|AZEXPLORER||RE: Thank you for the photos!|
I just sent you an email to your AOL email address...
|AZEXPLORER||Thank you for the photos!|
Thank you for the photos of Anne Fortson 29073033, Howard Fortson 29073040, and Hildegard Kalbfleisch 29692491.
And, thank you for the beautiful photos and the inscriptions for Joy Jeng 113241257. That is VERY nice!
I wanted to ask you though... do you have bigger versions of the photos that you can upload? Or is the version you uploaded the biggest they are? I was hoping to see more detail of the stones.
For example, here is one of my recent uploads... when you click on the photo twice, it makes it really, really big and you can see intricate detail of the stone. I was just wondering if you have bigger versions of the photos you are taking.
Thank you so much for all you do! You help make Find A Grave an amazing place!
Thank you for the picture!
Added by KatR. on Nov 18, 2014 10:15 PM
|Dave "Tuck" Tucker||RE: Margaret Pratt and Jean Onsum|
You are welcome......Dave
|Dawna Martinez||Transfer Please|
Could you transfer Ben Martinez Find A Grave Memorial# 111152098.
He is our Great-great Grandfather.
|Row Walker||Walter Butler Palmer|
You used his poetry, thought you might like to visit his Find A Grave Memorial# 87759950. I sent the contributor more information for his bio but one never knows if such will be added.
Be well, Squeak.
|Chad Kendell||RE: Gladys Kiep/Keip - Mission City Memorial Park|
Thanks so much for your help ... Let me know what you find out and I will make appropriate changes when you verify. Thanks again !!
|Karen Mickel Bennett||RE: Elizabeth Fullerton Montagu|
Thank you VERY much! I appreciate you taking the time to do this......You are great!
Karen Mickel Bennett
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