A gravestone marks the spot
of lost loved ones,
who have gone too soon.

A permanent marker
of impermanent life lived,
but has now gone on.

A stone reminder,
that once upon a time,
they touched our lives.

A place marked to gather,
to recollect the memories,
and to pray for them.

A tombstone in a cemetery
where the family plot is,
gathering souls together.

The solid signpost,
pointing out the presence
of ultimate eternity.

Author Notes:

This is my family’s plot at Resurection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. My eventual resting place is next to the backgound flowers, just to the right of it. In front of the stone lie: my mother, brother, and uncle. Behind it are: another uncle, his wife and daughter (a cousin).

This poem is a Triversen, which I was introduced to by tfawcus, a fellow FanStorian, when I reviewed his poem, Obsidian.

The Triversen was developed by William Carlos Williams. I would consider it a structured subcategory of freeverse. Here are the rules.
a. Each stanza is one sentence.
b. Each sentence/stanza breaks into 3 lines (each line is a separate phrase in the sentence).
c. Each line contains between one and four strong stresses.
d. The poem as a whole adds up to 18 lines (or 6 stanzas).
e. The lines do not employ rhyme.

The photograph was taken by the author himself on May 25,2015.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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