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Beginning - End

Beginning  -  End

What’s in a line? Just  a line ?
Separating the past  from eternity.
The beginning from the end…
Taking a shortcut through the graveyard,
past the regimented rows of memorials,
Mothers, Fathers, Sister, Brothers,
Children ,Lovers
All with inscriptions  to show the world their names,
their relationships,
Date of hatching  and despatching…
With  just a line between those  dates.
A line......
that represents their lives ,
their whole life,
but now reduced to a dash -a thin stroke -a bar!
A casual demarcation ,between what was, and what will be.
No one even thinks about words to replace that
Oh so casual stroke…..
But I think  about those lines….
Wondered who they were?
What lives they lived.
Were they creative? Passionate? Imaginative? Foolish?
Did they fulfil their potential and reach dizzying heights of self satisfaction?
Or maybe lived a life beset by poverty,
With uninspiring  voices surrounding them
Were they striving for acknowledgement?
Did they cry in secret  or laugh in abandonment?
A life well lived, filled with good intentions,
Or  maybe.. evil beyond comprehension?
A stone memorial  says nothing of that  life..
Just the minutiae, the trivial, the incidental
Enough to read quickly …
forget..
and  walk  quickly past.
 
 
 

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lodigiana

Hi hun..- a bit of a strange thing to write about but it just struck me that that little line says so much and yet nothing at all!! Thanks so much  for reading and commenting xx
 

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sparrowsong

Hello Lodigiana...

People have to pay by the letter...

You gave me a Great Idea...

I may have a Stone that will take moments to read, and although I'm not going to be there, anyone can feel free to dance and have a sip of champagne...

Because, I lived...

Great write!

Thank you for sharing...

Hugs...

sparrowsong

 

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lodigiana

Hopefully not for a long time hun! The important thing is to 'live', really 'Live'
I think I will just have 'Still rockin' on my headstone :) thanks so much for commenting xx

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lodigiana

Really appreciate that Kieran! Thank you  x
Lodigiana

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GREG TUCKER

I like the creativity in this piece!!!!  You thought of something that most people never take time to think about.  I really like this

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lodigiana

Really kind of you to say so Greg...I guess I might have a slightly wonky view on life sometimes! this was a thought that came to me as I was visiting the graveyard and it sort of made me feel a little sad that so much was left unsaid. about the deceased. .Really appreciate you reading and commenting- It means a great deal ! Thank you.
Lodigiana

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Dean Kuch

Cool piece of writing, Lodigiana. I really enjoyed this one.
Ya know, not a single one of us are guaranteed of a tomorrow. That's why I live my life as if there will not be one.
Let's face it, it is a distinct possibility.  ~Dean

I'm going to be cremated but the plaque at my memorial will read the following:
H. Dean Kuch 1960--????
Construction Completed
So sorry for the inconvenience
Thank you for your patience

 

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lodigiana

Great Memorial inscription .- you have a great sense of fun  or maybe irony - either way I love it! 
'Construction Completed
So sorry for the inconvenience
Thank you for your patience'
Thanks so much for your insight and comments Dean, really appreciate it !
Lodigiana x
 

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Keith Fitzsimons

Very interesting and I love you versatility from poem to poem!

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lodigiana

That's a lovely thing to say- Thank you Keith!
Lodigiana x

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Keith Fitzsimons

This was also sound brilliant as 'spoken word'. I could imagine Tom Waits voice to this!

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lodigiana

Oh my goodness Yes you are right! -  I think he would give it that kind of gruff realism ..I hadn't thought of that but you are spot on! 
Lodigiana x

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