The Christian Cemetery

The Christian Cemetery

A Poem by GenXer

I don't normally consider myself a poet, but I was inspired to write this after my husband and I visited the stunning Christian cemetery in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia in December 2006.


I stepped through a gate in Penang

and entered a world of departed souls.


The softest carpet of green underfoot,

the darkest forlorn branches overhead,

my wandering revealed a landscape

of most stunning neglect.


Moss and decay reign

in decadent and supple glory;

a possessive layer

of discarded time.


Populated with mottled stone--

shrines, containers, remembrances

leaning, broken, stoic

weathering the years.


Within those walls

hushed peace prevails,

and all those who reside there

whisper crumbling into dust.

© 2010 GenXer

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Added on November 8, 2010
Last Updated on November 8, 2010
Tags: cemetery, grave, graveyard, tomb, tombstone, Georgetown, Penang, Pinang, Malaysia



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