Honsaker Tombstone

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I walk through the cemetery of my childhood
visiting old friend’s stones, long engraved;
unchanged through every season.
Each stone’s name brings back a special memory;
Some much more memorable that others.
“O, there you are my favorite stone of all
You haven’t changed a bit in fifty years
Honsaker tombstone do you remember
How we walked your ledge in the dark
On summer Sunday evenings after church;
And, do you remember when my friend Jimmy
brought a girl to make out in your dark shadow;
What a wonder you are // the largest rock on the hill.”
“You don’t know how confining it is to remain unchanged;
Year after year watching the living and the dead pass by
Oh. how I long for the freedom to move and rise above
like the birds flying overhead.
I remember you and all your friends with great nostalgia;
Your laughter and happiness lifted my spirits.
But now, all that is gone and I sit here // alone // rock solid
Waiting for the end of time.”
I leave them all behind as I walk back to my car
feasting on memories frozen in time.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Amaya, at d’Verse, asked us to look at the use of apostrophe in poetry. I always thought that an apostrophe was just that little mark you use when writing a contraction. Today, I learned it is much more than that when used in poetry. It becomes a form of personification, injecting and addressing what is not there as though it was a living being. I think I got that right!? I chose a tombstone that I remember very well.
Join us at: https://dversepoets.com

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32 thoughts on “Honsaker Tombstone

    • Yes, this on stretched way up over the hill. We always found it to be an interesting place. The big one was fairly close to the church so it got a lot of activity as a result! Thank you for your kind comments, Peter!

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  1. I like this very much, Dwight, as you and the graveyard remember together the lives of those whose bodies are housed within. But what makes you think there won’t be generations of ‘Dwights’ coming to the same place reminiscing with the comforting ground? Also, if I may suggest, the use of your quotation marks were a little bit confusing to follow. Maybe just use one set total for what you say to the tomb, and then either another set for the tomb’s reply, or just italicize the tomb’s answer.

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    • Thank you Amaya! This might very well be the case… ancestors looking back like me. I had my quotation for each as you suggest, and then went back and changed it. I think your suggestion of one set for each response is probably better. I will go back and edit! Thank you for your help!


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