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The Old Graveyard

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Parker
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... the old black rum


0 posted 08-08-2000 02:51 PM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

The Old Graveyard

The old graveyard, stares at the ocean alone,
A beautiful spot, as any could want for eternity
Chester Basin, rest spot by the sea, lighthouse route
Once the main highway, now bypassed, awaiting sleep

The old graveyard, ďNo VacancyĒ too crowded
Someone still puts flowers on my fathers grave
an unknown family member that still remembers,
Soon theyíll be gone, Iíll lay flowers by their name

Across the narrow shore road, a gray weathered dock,
I stand and watch the anchored boats, reflecting on life
So much has changed but so little is new, a good sign
Once ocean people now leisure boaters, salt in the veins

My fathers Grave always had white wooden crosses
Dates always faded, wood rots every 2 or 3 years
I found a small black stone cross, it sits there now
Someone ordered, but never claimed it, fate is odd

I often visit the old graveyard to say hello Dad
James E Haley 1931-1963 at rest, 32 years young
Its all I can do, for a father I hardly got to know
He was a little wild, so Iím told, too quiet for him here.

I sit on that dock, and wonder what Iíll see in my day
The new graveyard also sees the ocean, but no boats
I kind of like it here, boats with pretty girls come by
What more could I ask for, hmmmm their gonna dock.

James Parker Haley Aug 8, 2000

ps. this piece was inspired by a wonderful piece in Voices I just read, serenity thanks for getting me thinking on this. You took me back to thoughts of all those graveyard visits.... Parker





[This message has been edited by Haleyja (edited 08-08-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 James Parker Haley - All Rights Reserved
Sudhir Iyer
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1 posted 08-08-2000 02:53 PM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Well Parker...

A very poignant piece of writing marked by a creative piece of interlude at the end... drawing out a smile from this reader...

Wonderful...

regards,
sudhir
Sunnyone
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2 posted 08-08-2000 03:09 PM       View Profile for Sunnyone   Email Sunnyone   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunnyone's Home Page   View IP for Sunnyone

Hi JPH...
         I just wanted to say that this
        poem completely describes the little
        town I live in at the moment, right
        down to the old cemetary, where I
        go and just sit sometimes.
             I enjoyed reading this, and
        especially the diversion at the end!!
                  Great writing!~!


I have but one goal in
life.........
To make you smile!
~~ Sunny ~~

serenity blaze
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3 posted 08-08-2000 03:49 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

ah...another graveyard trek...mind if I join you?  I did like this, and you knew I would--quiet and thoughtful and, full of hope...hee hee.
Parker
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... the old black rum


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Sudhir, thanks for responding, I didn't want to drag too many ghosts out.  

Sunny1, small towns seem to have that unmistakable simular character don't they.  

serenity, thank you again, I just updated the poem, to thank you for putting me on the trek with "Alive among the Dead" it was a thought provoking piece in Voices.    

Parker
Martie
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5 posted 08-08-2000 06:06 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Parker--Graveyards are special places...great for contemplation, especially with a view like the one in your poem...sad that your father died so young.  Enjoyed the poem!
Parker
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... the old black rum


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Martie, thank you. Yes I was only 4 at the time, and he was too young. Workers didn't have any rights back then so no matter what happened the company's took no responsibility for accidents on the job. Anyway I degress...sorry.
Its a wonderful place, and just over from the dock, is a place called the Sea side Shanty. They make the most wonderful seafood chowder and seafood crepes. I really love to visit there when I'm on the coast.
Thank you for responding.

Parker
Janet Marie
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My fathers Grave always had white wooden crosses
Dates always faded, wood rots every 2 or 3 years
I found a small black stone cross, it sits there now
Someone ordered, but never claimed it, fate is odd

I often visit the old graveyard to say hello Dad
James E Haley 1931-1963 at rest, 32 years young
Its all I can do, for a father I hardly got to know
He was a little wild, so Iím told, too quiet for him here.

I sit on that dock, and wonder what Iíll see in my day
The new graveyard also sees the ocean, but no boats
I kind of like it here, boats with pretty girls come by
What more could I ask for, hmmmm their gonna dock.

=======================
p-man i just love this sincere sweet poem
by you..
the imagery is just awesome..
and its such a touching tribute to your father...
very very well written.
love seeing this side of you  
take care sweetcheeks
jm

There are places inside our souls -
that have never been touched.
There are places inside our hearts -
that need to be loved this much.
~jm~

Janet Marie
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see P-Man...
ya get me so excited i pressed the button twice LOL
must be those "hormones in the wind" LOL
now whose being bad....LOL
later-tease-reply-gator
brown eyes  

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Paula Finn
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I just love walking in these old graveyards...forgotten treasures of our pasts
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Parker ~ Thank you for allowing me to accompany you on this poignant visit. Your reminiscing made for such a sweet poem.

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

Parker
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... the old black rum


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Janet, thank you, what was that you said you like seeing the softer backside of me.  
Sure anytime, tease gater...  

Paula, thank you, they are like little holes in time, when were there, the whole past is there with us.

Claire, you are very welcome, and I've enjoyed accompanying you on many of yours.

Parker
Eloise
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12 posted 08-09-2000 12:24 AM       View Profile for Eloise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Eloise

Very well written and great imagery of a serene little graveyard looking out over the ocean.  
Jenn E
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I could see this place as I was reading, smell the water.......so elegant and well written and I loved how you made cheeks raise into a smile at the end. Maybe you should write a book?  
Jenn E
Parker
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Eloise, that it is, thank you.

Jenn E, thank you, very cheeky of you to say. If I write a book on cheeks, then I would have to supply pictures of some, that might rate it "R".  

Parker
Mark Bohannan
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Beautiful imagery and such a caring tribute to your father.....Old graveyards hold a special power of intrigue in their own right but one that holds the memories of loved ones will forever be etched into our souls.  Your depiction of this is so vivid and I stand in awe of your talent.
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~Parker is it? Hi. I have to say that after reading this so totally touching poem and one by jwesley...I am going to have to take a break from reading for a few this morning. You have completely reached me with your words and it's so odd how I live on this little peninsula surrounded by water and the scenes you've depicted in your piece...with a graveyard,...by the edge of the water in one part,...where I sit and whisper to my friends...they passed in an accident and between yours and jwesley's writings this morning,...I am so overwhelmed with emotions. hhm...perhaps I am overly sensitive today,...but your words are beauty and they hold me. Your dear father,...may he be in peace. And you as well. Thank you kindly for touching me with your work. Take care. *Peace.

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Parker
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Mark, thank you, I hope my father is reading it. As for my talent, I think of myself as more of a hacker, and your talent is just as good if not better. Anyway thanks for the praise.

Spitfire, yes Parker it is. Thank you for you comments.
I trully can't imagine your pain in this, having so many friends lost, its unfathomable. My heart goes out to you....
I like to share the last verse in a poem I wrote...

As we cry these tender woes
and say goodbye to them we know
they'll fly wherever spirits go  
On petals of a soft white rose.

May they be listening and touching your life
and memories.

Peace Kind poet.

Parker
JamesMichael
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18 posted 08-09-2000 03:27 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Enjoyed reading this..it has a tranquil ambiance to it...James
hoot_owl_rn
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Wow Parker....great read  
Lakewalker
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I swear i already posted a reply to this, but I guess not.  I really loved this poem, it's imagry really works   I can't wait to read more.
Corinne
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Sounds as though a lot of soul searching went on this last trip, Park.

I was just thinkin' how much work it would be to go back to Ireland and search the church records, then the cemetaries...But interesting nonetheless.

Peace, my friend.

Corinne
Parker
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... the old black rum


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James, thank you.  

Hoot, glad you enjoyed.  

Lakewalker, cool nic... well to plug myself..there is more out there.. thanks for the read. Oh, if you like this format check out "Redlight District" its got a different edge sort of...  

Corinne, sweet poet, I think it would be an adventure. I've got my mind set for a visit to Ireland and Wales to do some research myself some day. Maybe you need a research assistant...    

Parker
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Good work here, parker. Captures a mood very well....
Corinne
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Aye, me laddie, I just might be at that.

Core
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