Monday, July 21, 2008

On Epitaphs:

Lyman Atherholt: May 15th, 1863
In the service of my Country I sickened and died.
Mourn not that I thus early fell.
My God and my Country were ever my pride.
Parents, Brothers, and Sisters farewell.

Nelson Burchos: Aug 9th, 1881
When the toil and Battle is over.
When the crown is fairly won.
Then a Voice speaks up in Heaven.
Oh! Faithful one, well done.

I was in the cemetery the other day and I was reading the head stones and got an idea. Why not write a few myself? So I got started and warmed up with these four liners.

Here lies Me
My soul is Free
If you want to See
Come visit me

I’m back this time to stay
My soul is on it’s way
I’ll work no more today
Others now must mow the hay

I never had a perfect body
In fact mine was very shoddy
It went as far as it could go
And now It molders here below

As an actor I do feel
This time that my death is real
If you want to see my deal
You will have to watch my reel

You never came around before
I know I used to watch the door
I was a bore so that’s the score
So now don’t bother me no more

Then I got to thinking that other people are good or better at this and I’d like to see what you have to say.

So here are the rules for writing your own headstone epitaphs and having them shown here.

1. No more then 8 lines, but the shorter the better.
2. It doesn’t have to rhyme.
3. Just words. No pictures, cartoons etc.
4. Nothing overtly sexual, violent, disgusting, or racist will be considered.
5. Leave a name of who sent it. (It doesn’t have to be your real name.) But it will be attributed to that name. No name no entry.
6. If the words are not your own. Add the original authors name if you know it. Otherwise just add ‘Anonymous’ and add ‘Sent in by’ and your name after that.
7. Spelling counts. Please proof read it before you hit the send button.

The ones I like best will get a posting in the ‘Epitaph Spot of the Week’ on my blog. Along with a link to your blog or web sight if you have one to submit.


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Anonymous said...

Take care if your health
Maintain a good weight
I was remiss
You now know my fate.

by Cemetery Searcher

Judith said...

Learn to cook
Or you'll look
Like the shnook
In this nook.

Judith said...

I'm so honored to have been chosen! When I was thinking about it later, I thought what I'd really like for an epitaph on my headstone is:

Did Not Go Gently.
(Had one more load of laundry to do.)

Bee said...

My body lay here
in my satin and lace.
but my soul's gone on
to a better place.

Lady Snapdragon