Conclusion of a Report into the Condition of an Urban Graveyard – a poem by Edward Alport

Conclusion of a Report into the Condition of an Urban Graveyard
In conclusion, the condition of the graves themselves
Makes mockery of the permanence to which the stone aspires.
A considerable number are suffering from ‘heave’,
As if the occupants were impatient for the Judgement Day
And suggests a degree of subsidence which would
Imply that the land was unsuitable for alternative utilisation.
Crosses are littered around the graves
As if the deceased had laid their burdens down
As they stepped into their final receptacles.
Angels had indeed fallen on their faces
But we doubt that the Lord in whose worship they fell
Was that for whom the memorials were originally erected.
The paths, however, were in good to fair condition
Suggesting a significantly lower level of utilisation 
Than was originally envisaged for them. They represent 
In our view, a reasonable amenity value. 
All in all we would recommend, in the absence of commercial interest,
That the present policy of benign neglect be continued.

Edward Alport is a retired teacher and proud Essex Boy. He occupies his time as a poet, gardener and writer for children. He has had poetry, stories and articles published in a variety of webzines and magazines. He sometimes posts snarky micropoems on Twitter as @cross_mouse.

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