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  • Reverent and still

    darkened over 200 years

    with scaled patina

    Each granite slab measured 5' by 18" square

    Stacked three high and extending fifty feet to either side

    of an iron gate closed and centered

    Hoping over the wall is easier than using the gate

    it being rusted and screeching disapprovingly of my use

    but that's what I prefer

    The gate opening upon a path

    which passes by gravestones

    pitch to and fro

    some fallen and left

    others set upright and repaired

    to where my attention is drawn

    The cemetery is a bastion of evil spirits

    especially when the days light

    slips into the chill of an October night

    It was late Halloween night

    and from my yard

    voices echoed from inside the cemetery

    I approached the gate of which I must pass

    called by the strange incantations and wicked laughter

    as the gate screeches and the moonlight pales

    Jeff Bailey © 2014

    Photo By Jeff Bailey

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