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Today, I’m in the mood to quote that great wit, Dorothy Parker. Actually, I was in the mood to do so yesterday (her birthday), but my computer wasn’t. 241 more words


Roman Epitaphs B808:The Dead Taunt the Living

“ you who are reading this epitaph, remember that you too will be dead.”

Qui legis hunc titulum, mortalem te esse memento.

The deceased’s fitting reminder to the curious, perhaps smug, onlooker. 14 more words


Mass graves of our dead

Children lay flowers
on mass graves of our dead

small enough to pass
through lines
together laying flowers

children dying in our wars

children laying flowers… 6 more words


How to write an epitaph

Guest post by Michael Wolfe

We were honored this spring when Michael Wolfe’s wonderful book, Cut These Words into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs, made the long list of nominees for the… 799 more words


My Right Chest, My Ringtone and a Cemetery

Just this afternoon, I found myself in a cemetery.  For those who are keen on details, it was Saint Alphonsus Cemetery in Tupper Lake, NY.  The skies were blue with patchy cumulus clouds; a departure from the thunderstorms we’ve been experiencing.   721 more words

Everyday Events

Monday Morning Haiku #21 -- Statue

~ The Fool’s epitaph ~
Deep into contemplation,
he forgot to eat.


II. Death and the Maiden: Beginnings of an Inquiry

Prudence Punderson (1758-1784), “The First, Second, and Last Scenes of Mortality”, ca.1775.

As a little girl I was often described as spooky by adults around me; quiet and somber, I was quite preoccupied with peering into haunted houses, reading ghost stories, and my thoughts often anxiously circled around the terrifying mysteries of death. 401 more words