Ye stand erect or lay supine,
Worldly barrier to Heaven or Hell.
In hopes a life you lived sublime,
“Til the gates of pearl cannot we tell.
Simple truth or solemn quote,
With chisel and hammer etched in stone.
A life as full and wholesome promote,
In passing ye set the living tone.
In years to come when pall has passed,
A testament be left to remain.
Symbol of a life lived to outlast,
What flesh and bone cannot sustain.
Though grass may grow to overgrown ,
And the marble be weathered and worn.
For a time to come the living will know,
When you died and when you were born.
In this, ev’n the humble may gain solace,
Great riches nor fame are of import.
Most human of rituals must surely befall us,
Whence this stone stands in tribute and retort.
~~ D. R. DiFrancesco ~~