Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

A Poem by Chris Shaw
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A visit to Highgate Cemetery, London with Pandora a poet friend. Although it was a hot day she had shivers running up and down her spine.

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Through a colonnade we see
how green the ivy and the ferns
grow in this shaded avenue,
where trees have seeded through the years
to shelter mourners left in tears.

Vines entwine and lichen clings
to monuments of chiseled stone.
Angels bow their heads in sadness,
others lift their wings in gladness.

Influence of far off Egypt,
Redgrave, Marx and Mahler's daughter.
Grecian urns or celtic crosses,
all the faiths have suffered losses.

Magnifique this ornate splendour,
only for the richest people,
yet the dead I sense some linger
and their shadows point a finger.

Carvings mingle with the flora,
little cherubs trumpet loudly,
gothic style on family tombs,
while gloom descends on catacombs

and someone has tiptoed over Pandora's grave,
- time to leave.

© 2018 Chris Shaw


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"All faiths have suffered losses."

So true isn't it that in the beginning and in the end we are no more and no less than human.
All of us.

I enjoyed this. I wee bit of a chill at the end there but in general I find cemeteries to be peaceful resting places.



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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you Ana. What you have said is so true. I wouldn't want to have been locked in that cemetery o.. read more



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Loved this poem dear Chris and I remembered this poem always. It was one of your very first poems I read and I was your fan instantly. Your pen is unmatched when you create such beauty of these serene, mystical places and such fine detailing leaves me awestruck always. A keen eye for the minutest of things, a sensitive heart and a poetic soul! You're treasured!

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Dhara_Ditzy Kat

11 Months Ago

Its always such a pleasure to revisit this poem! Thank you so much for the treats, my friend....
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Dhara_Ditzy Kat

11 Months Ago

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36389581

Had to share this link when you mentione.. read more
Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Yes, thank you. They did do death well. Quite distasteful by todays standards, but the norm then. Ph.. read more
Hard to believe the beauty that could be found in a cemetery. I get the impression that this one is not for the "common folk."

Take care - Dave

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Absolutely right Dave. It's for the wealthy. You have to book to make a visit. However, it is really.. read more
How interesting this cemetery must be! I feel like I have visited with you. There's something I found a little off about cemeteries. Although beautiful and ornate, something about the unfulfilled souls has always given me the heebie-jeebies. I love how you described/portrayed this perfectly. Thank you for sharing! Cheers

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Chris Shaw

11 Months Ago

Thank you Broken. It is really interesting. You also have to book to visit. You also need alot of mo.. read more
I love to explore old cemeteries. This reminds me of a poem I've recently had published. "Visit to a Country Graveyard." Glad I came across this!
T

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Chris Shaw

1 Year Ago

Pleased you enjoyed this one Tom. Many thanks for giving it an airing. Much appreciated.

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Love this well penned, balanced and rhymed poem with it's vivid and aspt descriptions. Loved the final stanza as it provides such a real feel as we all find graveyards both fascinating and unnerving at one and the same time.

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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Well worth a visit John, but you have to book in advance for a guided tour. It remains closed other .. read more
'Highgate Cemetary''
Christine Anne Shaw,
This was really catching. With the reality within this piece of time passing and nature finding a steadfast place it gives a feeling of life going on. Even so..it is a place of pondering mortality. Those walking it's, (what sounds so lovely) cannot help wonder and think. We all are moving forward and forward. The end is near but life is now. You did something good here. Iv'e not been to England and so this was just a taste of history from long ago.
Blessings
Kathy


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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Kathy, many thanks for reading this old poem of mine. Highgate Cemetery is a very special place. It .. read more
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I had to google Highgate Cemetery.....and i see it is the British version of Pere Lachaise in Paris; the final resting place for the rich and famous above all. No doubt that would have been a fascinating day's outing. Such elaborate tombstones and gothic stonemasonry. So much effort made to commemorate the dead.

This is a very descriptive piece, describing with clarity to the reader just what one could witness should they be there in person. Cemetery's are fascinating places. Never haunted in my opinion, always magnets for quiet and solitude.

I enjoyed the poem and you have introduced me to a place of which I had no prior knowledge. Something always appreciated.

A fine write.

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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you Doodley. It was a fascinating place to visit. One which stirred up quite a few emotions. W.. read more
I can't express the feelings this poem has stirred in me. Melancholia has taken over me in the strangest way and it makes my pain go away.

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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you Suhd for your thoughts. Poetry which replaces pain has to be a good thing. Now I need to w.. read more
Suhd

2 Years Ago

Always a pleasure, Chris!
' Vines entwine and lichen clings ~ to monuments of chiseled stone. ~ Angels bow their heads in sadness,~ others lift their wings in gladness. ' That stanza encompasses the cemetary's moods.

One of my very favourite London visits, Chris. tho' not been there a few years now! Many thanks for reminding me of a few of the famous names sleeping there; the atmosphere, the sensations felt when the light alters or a bird whispers a song!

A beautiful poem, plus, interesting for those who've not walked around it... yet.

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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thanks Em for your lovely review. A place of great fascination. Well worth booking for the visit for.. read more
emmajoy

2 Years Ago

You know. i'm tempted to get up to London.. see the V & A, visit the Highgate cemetary, walk a stre.. read more
I linger on each verse, taking in the beauty of the cemetery. So rich your descriptions of this shaded avenue that provides eternal rest to departed souls. Nature and architecture join hands to give death a surreal beauty all its own. A rest well earned after a race well run! Thank you for this breathtaking write.

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Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Thank you Dhara, a fascinating place to visit. Much to contemplate on values as you as wander throug.. read more
Dhara_Ditzy Kat

2 Years Ago

Of course Chris! The graveyard are fascinating, a different kind of world! It was my pleasure!

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