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A Pauper's Prayer

By Veronica ColdironPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Photo taken by author in Memphis Cemetery

The stench of shadows long since gone,

Creep solemnly among these walls.

A diamond cut within the stones,

Buries some rich person

Here, no doubt.

Stone cutters lent no attention back then

To fashioning stone for lesser men.

No bricks beneath, just solid work,

Pleasing a family of aristocrats

Who valued it by cost.

Kept up to this day, though dark and wet,

Rats scurry in like trespassers.

Collages of skeletal remains suggest

Someone might have been buried alive,

But history is inconclusive.

Scraping among the shaded walls

Firelight wears thin from torches

As I find her sitting here in ugliness.

There aren’t jewels upon her crown…

Only wormed holes in graying ivory.

Long white hair replacing auburn,

A hallowed stare that sees no light…

No longer a Matriarch of higher caste,

In concomitance with insects

She’s my personal queen of pests.

My conjecture has always been

That we are buried as we have lived.

No flowers are placed within a tomb,

No one drops by on holidays

To say I loved you when…

So give me a pauper’s grave my friend,

Where my sweeties can oft drop by,

To shoot the breeze in soft refrain

Or tell me through sunshine and the rain…

Remember me? I loved you when…

The end?

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Veronica Coldiron

I'm a mild-mannered business consultant by day, a free-spirited writer, artist, singer/songwriter the rest of the time. Let's subscribe to each other! I'm excited to be in a community of writers and I'm looking forward to making friends!

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  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    All of your poetry feels like a song. This one is melancholic and so beautifully written. Loved it!!

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    You've captured the true essence of poetry with this piece. It was very well crafted and so meaningful. It felt like it was written in the deep past. Thanks for sharing. subscribed and hearted.

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    So much sadness in this. But some exquisite wordplay and word choices. These lines were particularly gorgeous "No longer a Matriarch of higher caste, In concomitance with insects"

  • Rachel Rose4 months ago

    I love the contrast within this. ..my personal queen of pests. I like that line very much.

  • Gina C.4 months ago

    WOW! The imagery here is incredible. The sadness in this pulled at my heartstrings but I was also captivated by the hauntingness of it!

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Awesome social commentary poem!!! Left some love!!!💕💖😊

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