Stones and Bones

 In A Disused Graveyard

 The living come with grassy tread
 To read the gravestones on the hill;
 The graveyard draws the living still,
 But never anymore the dead.
 The verses in it say and say:
 "The ones who living come today
 To read the stones and go away
 Tomorrow dead will come to stay."
 So sure of death the marbles rhyme,
 Yet can't help marking all the time
 How no one dead will seem to come.
 What is it men are shrinking from?
 It would be easy to be clever
 And tell the stones: Men hate to die
 And have stopped dying now forever.
 I think they would believe the lie.

 Robert Frost

I pulled up to wander the Center Shaftsbury Cemetery at dusk and captured the last shimmer of a rainbow above.

From the “State of VermontMarble Trail“, our cemetery is described as containing “some superb examples of 18th century marble gravestones. The marble for these gravestones came from Shaftsbury’s West Mountain quarry which was also known as the White Marble Quarry.”

Some of the oldest dates that I notice are from 1771, 1785, 1791…many throughout the 1800s and 1900s to present day.  

Our cemetery is maintained by a crew from the town year round.  I would really like to try to graze my sheep here someday.  I think it’d be a win-win for the taxpayers and for our flock.  

Above we have Hurricane Sandy bidding adieu to the Southshire.

I noticed the slim-profiled headstones have longevity.


I’m the picture of health, so no worries here.   I’ve often told my family that when I die, I hope to be cremated, for a few reasons, and that I want them to sprinkle my ashes over a hayfield up north that I’ve always admired.  But I’m thinking that it’s rather a garden right here in this town I’ve lived in for the past 24 years.  

Oh, what was Mr. Frost trying to tell us?

3 responses to “Stones and Bones

  1. Lots of very, very, nice pictures. Did you get that new camera you spoke about the other day? If so … you’ve gotten yourself up and running quickly! Bravo. Beautiful Church and Cemetery – lots of scope for imagination there. Really nice. One way to judge the quality of any image is by the number of times a view goes back over it. I just realized that I have scrolled up and down this series of ten images about 10 times! Yikes – that tells you something doesn’t it? D

    • Thank you! So happy to know that you’ve enjoyed the stroll through our pretty cemetery. It’s true, visit after visit always very intriguing. New things to notice every time.
      Glad you approve of the quality! We’re loving the new camera. Yes, it came almost instantly – how can that happen?! The very tired camera is packed up, ready to take a trip to the shop. Won’t even turn on anymore.
      Looking forward to more fun with the camera now that we’ve learned our way around it a little more. It’s amazingly simple to use compared to my old one as well.
      Happy Halloween! Those toothbrushes are just sitting out there…this year I even threw in glow sticks, but, no takers 🙂

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