grave decorations

You’ve Changed

Perhaps at some point in the past, this graveside figure was cute. I think that time has come and gone… Time and nature are transforming this concrete cherub into a figure that’s looking anything but angelic. It reminds me of Chucky, that creepy possessed doll from the late 80’s horror film, Child’s Play. It also made me think of my friend Jill; she has a neighbor whose yard is littered with distastefulness. I guess whoever rests under this awkward angel doesn’t have to worry about his neighbors complaining. They are probably scared they’ll awaken Chucky.

"Cherub, Changed", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 1/320 sec., 300mm

“Cherub, Changed”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/8.0 at 1/320 sec., 300mm
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Grief Evolved

Overgrown and long neglected, Nature is working to reclaim this Rose Hill Cemetery grave decoration. My imagination takes note of the leafy cluster that has formed under the left eye, like tears, reflecting the sorrow of having been forgotten. It’s a striking reminder that “gone but not forgotten” is an epitaph that’s only valid for as long as there’s someone around who remembers.

"Grief Evolved", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/160 sec., 150mm

“Grief Evolved”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/160 sec., 150mm

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Why?

Ours is not to reason why
the time’s so short.
We live, we die.

It’s pretty clear that this angel has held its post as a faithful graveside companion for many years. It’s undoubtedly been time enough to conclude there are some mysteries that don’t have a solution small enough for the mind of man to conceive.

"Why?", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/1600 sec., 150mm

“Why?”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/1600 sec., 150mm
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Games Never Played

Today’s photo is another grave image from the local cemetery. This baseball sits at the base of a large granite headstone for a young boy. I believe it was left here as a memento in 1996, a conclusion I’m basing on what appears to be a “96” written under the part of the inscription visible in the photo. If that’s correct, then I’m puzzled how it has held up so well in the Florida sun and rain. Gifts like this seem to represent acts of healing; coping with having to let go. I get it.

In the months that have followed James’ death from cancer, I have more than once shed tears over having neglected to place in his coffin a photo of Skoshi, his beloved Siamese “shadow” (for she definitely was “his cat” and stayed inseparably glued to his side). I would also like to have placed the favorite book we had in common, Ellen G. White’s The Desire of Ages. (I know of at least 5 times he read it over the years we shared together and that he’d also read it several times before that.) I know that ultimately, I would have been the beneficiary of putting these items by his side, not him. Grief is a quickly mutating monster that operates outside of logic. And regret is a special hell when mixed with a large portion of shattered dreams and a splash of words unspoken. Shaken and stirred, you cope as you can.

"Games Never Played", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/320 sec., 300mm Click to Enlarge View

“Games Never Played”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/320 sec., 300mm
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Make Your Sad Go Away

“The man walked past me and stopped, observing the blood running down my neck.

“Your injury. Let us tend to it.” He looked out through the open doorway and silently gestured to someone out there. “Our world,” he said, “is far more advanced than yours. For reasons you’ll understand shortly.”

A thin, bony, naked woman entered the room, carrying two small, white kittens. She sat one of the fluffy cats in my lap and stuffed the other down my shirt. She turned and left.

“There,” said the large man. “The kittens will make your sad go away.”

-― David Wong, John Dies at the End

"Player vs. Prayer" Click here to view larger size. Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec., 62mm

“Player vs. Prayer”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec., 62mm
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