Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stones in a line

San Marcos, CA cemetery 
Surrounded by green

Beneath gnarled olive tree

Three stones.
Old stones—
1920s old.

“Baby” carved in the first stone
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Below it, “Baby” in the second stone.

At the bottom of the line of three,

Baby


Old stones—
Lonely stones.
Forgotten stones.



"Baby."

18 comments:

  1. Not a stone anyone should ever have to place

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    1. I could not help thinking about why there was no last name, nothing.

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  2. A parent's nightmare. Not even a name, how heartbreaking?

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    1. Yes, so true. I found these stones at the 2013 Veterans' Memorial Service. We had take roses from our garden to place on old head stones where there probably no family left in the area. Then I found these.

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  3. What a heartbreaking story those three stones tell. So grateful I never had to place any like them.
    tm

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    1. I am also grateful that we never had that situation.

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  4. So very sad. I think I've only done one funeral for a baby — SIDS. Devastating for the family.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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    1. Oh, SIDS is devastating for the family. A seemingly healthy baby is put to bed, and then never wakes up.

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    1. Yes, I did. At Memorial Day, I placed roses from my garden. I went back with silk flowers. Somehow the images of these three little stones sticks in my mind and heart.

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  6. Times were tough on the little ones back in the day. So sad.

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    1. Infant mortality was high at that time in history.

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  7. Having lost two babies before birth, my eyes well up with tears seeing these grave markers. And I am touched by your kindness to place roses.

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    1. It was heart-breaking to see those three stones. The memory lingered.

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  8. This is so very sad. No parents should ever have to bury their children. My heart goes out to all those who have.

    Julie

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    1. Absolutely. The stories of those who had to bury a baby are wrenching to hear.

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