These cemetery inscriptions are from tombstones in western Kentucky. They come from the book The Bottom Line by Walter Beasley.

“Shall we doubt our Father’s mercy?
Shall we think of Death as doom?
Or just step across the threshold
To a bigger, brighter room.”


The Wife:
“Do not stand
At my grave and cry…
I am not here, I did not die.”

The Husband:
“If we are not dead,
Then what are we doing here?”

A Husband and Wife, buried in the same grave:
“Waiting on My Sunshine”
“Here Comes Your Sunshine”

“Only in the Land of Oz
Can one today relate.”

“Gathered by Angels
And carried away
Forever to bloom
In the Master’s bouquet.”

“God grant that I may live to fish
Until my dying day,
And when it comes to my last cast
Then I most humbly pray,
When in the Lord’s safe landing net
And peacefully asleep.
That in His Mercy I be judged
Good enough to keep!”
For a 21 month old child:
“She tasted life’s bitter cup,
Refused to drink her portion up,
Then turned her little head aside,
Disgusted with the taste, and died.”

“One of the good guys
Who rode into
The sunset of eternity.”

And finally, here’s one appropriate for this topic:

“A Poet without love
Is an impossibility.”


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