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.