Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Man's Heart is Stonier by Fa-ah....

I had no idea how perfectly those iconic images of old cemeteries--with thin gravestones falling over and half-broken, covered in moss and unreadable--actually captured a New England cemetery. We visited the Portsmouth cemetery on Saturday, and although I am not sure of the exact date the cemetery was created (there was a distinct lack of informational signage in the graveyard. I feel like there ought to be informational signage everywhere in this area of the country--everything is so old!), there were graves there from the 17th century. Most of the headstones that were obviously older were too worn to decipher, but on a few we could make out names, dates of birth and death, and epitaphs. Despite the dated headstones, the cemetery wasn't really that much cooler than the Bay View cemetery in Bellingham--only one angel statue, and her eyes didn't even follow you as you passed by.

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