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In memory of . . .

June 4, 2022

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s story challenge.

May 30, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story behind a memorial. Is it a structure, plaque, or something else? What does it seek to remind those who view it? Go where the prompt leads!

In memory of . . .

Every year they visit the cemetery.

They walk over lumpy grass. Past poplars, oaks, and elms until they stand in front of the faded granite headstone. They read the name. They read the words. They close their eyes and savor a memory.

They say a prayer. They put a small rock on top of the headstone: to say hello, to say they were there. To say goodbye.

They walk away again, and they cry.

It’s said things get easier. The memories blur and the pain dims, but not hurting as badly still hurts. Who’d want it any other way?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2022 8:36 am



  2. June 5, 2022 10:21 am

    Nicely done, Michael B. Well expressed the feelings of visiting loved ones in the cemetery. One of my haiku is about my parents, and every time I visit this is my reaction..
    cemetery marker…
    the names
    they never used



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