Sunday, February 22, 2015



The grave my little cottage is,
Where “Keeping house” for thee
I make my parlor orderly
And lay the marble tea.

For two divided, briefly,
A cycle, it may be,
Till everlasting life unite
In strong society.

~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

12 comments:

  1. Awww! I want to live in a Hobbit house! ;)

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  2. To be with the elves and dwarfs once again!

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  3. Where did you find that graphic, FT? And where was the photo taken?

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  4. Google "mausoleums - images," and several pages full of pictures should pop right up. I usually look through at least twenty or thirty images before choosing one I think most appropriate. It’s amazing how easy it is to fund illustrations on the internet, IF you what you are looking for.

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    1. FT,
      I just wanted to know the back story for that particular image. Maybe I can find out.

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    2. Oh! Well I never care about things like that. I'm only interested in images for their character and artistic value and whether or not they suit my purpose of the moment. That cemetery may be in Oshkosh, or it might be in Transylvania. All we can sure of is that IS a cemetery.

      Don't know why, but I just LOVE cemeteries. Many are beautiful garden spots, and the "architecture" in many of the older ones is fascinating. I always thought they were a great pace to have a picnic, or just to sit quietly under a tree and read on a love summer afternoon.

      A beautiful cemetery with lots of lovely old trees and a brook running through it was located near our house when I was a boy. I loved to go there in good weather when I wanted to be by myself.

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  5. Are you comfortable visiting a cemetery after dark?

    I don't think I've entered a cemetery at night. Any visits I've made have been in the broad daylight only.

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    1. As a matter of fact, yes, but I never made a habit of it. I've always felt a graveyard must be one of the safest places one could be. I have no fear of the dead -- only the living. ;-)

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    2. I recall visiting Gettysburg Battleground after dark -- well after dark, in the wee hours of the morning and under moonlight. Very creepy! And I don't get that creeped-out feeling easily.

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    3. And Gettysburg doesn't have a single gravestone or mausoleum in sight, if memory serves me.

      Schumann wrote a piece called Verfunne Stelle (Haunted Spot) as part of his Waldscenen (Forest Scenes). The score is prefaced by a few lines of poetry -- lines that end, "That soil drank human blood."

      I suspect you must have picked up feelings of exactly that sort at Gettysburg.

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    4. FT,
      I don't recall any formal gravestones or mausoleums there. There is at least one burial trench (mass grave) there, however. The one mentioned in the link may be been discovered many years after my moonlight ride through Gettysburg Battlefield.

      There are several monuments, too, of course.

      Someday, I'll tell you exactly what I "saw" at Gettysburg Battlefield. Rocked my world -- and I didn't tell anyone about it for decades.

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    5. Now, you have me biting my nails, AOW. I'm already drawing blood, so please report asap. ;-)

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