Inspired by The Bancroft Prompt: Will You Visit The House of Usher?
There are times
when it is best
to lock the door, destroy the key
and ignore the pleading and the pounding and the crying
that will come from the other side.
If you can do that
ignoring the smell will be a snap.
Spindly trees, rusted gates, crumbling stone, a solitary mourner: these things come to mind when we think of cemeteries.
But not long ago, many burial grounds were lively places, with gardens and crowds of people — and for much of human history, we didn’t bury our dead at all.
How did cemeteries become what they are today?
“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog.”