Graveyard.

“Here lies Honesty,” a headstone reads,
“In a shallow grave where trust don’t breed,
Boldfaced lies and murky waters,
The kind that led to death by slaughters,
May you rest, in another life be reborn,
Gone but never forgotten, you shall be mourned.”

“Here lies Peace,” says another one,
“Wars ended, but who really won?
The soil stained red, rivers ran blood,
For you, dear departed, tears have flood,
May you rest, in another life be reborn,
Gone but never forgotten, you shall be mourned.”

“Here lies Compassion,” quoth another,
“Hearts turned ice, unmoved by the summer,
Kind words are a thing of the past,
Hatred like wildfire, spread far and wide fast,
May you rest, in another life be reborn,
Gone but never forgotten, you shall be mourned.”

“Here lies Unity,” said a shattered grave,
“We went astray, you were here to save,
Kingdoms fell and regimes turned to rubble,
Your loss hurts the most, hearts never again full.
May you rest, in another life be reborn,
Gone but never forgotten, you shall be mourned.”

As I lay flowers on dewey graveyard grass,
Heart heavy with loss, but alas!
Those gone can never be erased
From lives and minds they forever graced.
Their wills we’ll forever carry in our hearts,
Gone but never forgotten, together though apart.

∼© Shubhangi Srinivasan.


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