In the "Old Section"
of the Georgetown
there is an ancient
and weather beaten old oak.
It has something to say if we
will listen closely.........
"A Living Monument" by Natalie bauman
my Tangled branches;
my Gnarled and Twisted Bark
many Sentinals of the Past
bear Witness of Those long Gone.
Aged and Weathered faces, Scarred by Hardship,
rendered Strangely Beautiful,
like the Beautiful Weathered faces of those we Honor Here.
January 14, 2016
The Old Man of the Cemetery
by Natalie Bauman
have always been fascinated by the old gnarled tree in the Georgetown
Cemetery. It is a stand-out in a large cemetery absolutely full
of large, old beautiful oak trees -the Grandfather of them all,
carrying the scars of time. It didn't take too much imagination
for me to see the majestic burl-y shoulder, the vigilant eyes, the
prominent nose, the pensive lips and the strong chin, elongated by old
age (or perhaps he grew a manly beard?). I wondered, how many
years has this venerable guardian of the cemetery overseen the cycle of
life played out at this place each day? This tree has weathered
many storms, many invading insects, perhaps obstacles standing in its
way of growth (hence the burl-y shoulders - "burl" is a name for the
rough growth on this tree.) However, these traits, instead of
making this tree ugly, its survival madeit unique, interesting and much
more beautiful than its more "normal" companions aesthetically than its
more "normal" companions, or any young , straight, perfect
sapling, at least in my opinion. Any wood worker will tell
you, burled wood that found on this tree, is beautiful. Two years
ago in 2014, I was inspired to write the poem above about the tree
because I was afraid it was approaching the end of even its long life.
"The Old Man in the Cemetery" ever reminded of the brevity
of life and the certainty of death by the silent monuments around him,
he quietly succumbed to old age and went the way of all living, R.I.P.
January 14, 2016. He is now gone, but not forgotten, and not
without a monument. His burly shoulders remain to remind us to
overcome obstacles, perservere to the end, and let those scars of
adversity and wrinkles of old age make us unique, interesting and more
beautiful than those not yet tired and tested by time.
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Elaine Nall Bay
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Photographs by Natalie Bauman
Memorial photos by Elaine Nall Bay