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Cities of the Dead

Updated on July 10, 2017

Standing above, history beneath my feet

Who just were you?

I may never know the names carved into your stone

I just may have heard your name out loud one day

Many forms of your confined resting place

But what about those we will never know about

So many souls traveling eternity, but here lie your remains

Those earthly temples, you once occupied, sinking and decomposing

Some gone too soon, others saw so much in a lifetime

A spooky and eerie feeling succumbs me as I walk through rows of death

I can't help but imagine what a feeling it must feel to no longer breathe

Roaming around your resting place, or spiritually leading an afterlife

Historical figures, celebrities and many more popular sites explored

But what about those of a common life

What about those who had no one to visit their site

And do we visit the graves that have no name

Here in Louisiana most of the graves are placed above ground

Skyscrapers like tombs grab the attention of those still living

Hidden among these city like blocks are more sites of the dead

Like cities, each "building" an important one to some

Others do not dare to disturb


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      Clive Williams 13 days ago from Nibiru

      Graves with no names. But is it really a sad thing. Is death death and will the dead remember us remembering them?....hmmmm

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      Ryan Fuller 13 days ago from Louisiana, USA

      What an interesting question Clive. One house that I rented years back had an old cemetery in the woods with several unmarked graves.

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      Louise Powles 13 days ago from Norfolk, England

      You get that a lot on them old tombstones with the names worn off. Quite sad really, but it is interesting. It's a beautiful poem you wrote.

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      Ryan Fuller 13 days ago from Louisiana, USA

      That is true Louise, thank you for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 days ago from USA

      I liked this -- not only the questions asked but also the photos. I'm amazed when I think about how we are likely walking on the dead from centuries past. Their graves may have disappeared or they never had a stone marker, just bones decaying. One day we will join their party.

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      Ryan Fuller 13 days ago from Louisiana, USA

      You are right about that Flourish. Who knows how many are unnamed and unmarked. I am glad you stopped by and liked my article. Thank you for the comment.

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