JTC (Jan 21,1960 / Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia)

Soothing Graves

one thing about grave
about the cemetery that i like
they are all so real, real as death
and the people who come visiting
they come with their real self
laugh, smile or tears they are
all so reall, for there is no more need
to fake one's feeling, put on a face
everything is now known to the dead
or remains forever unknown
there is a quietness in the grave
and the cemetery that i like
it is the ingratiating quietness
that is so soothing to the soul
the calm acceptance of life
that to die is also a part of living

by john tiong chunghoo

Comments (1)

It is a custom in the Deep South (of the US) where I grew up to visit cemeteries. When I was a kid I used to tag along with my mother and sisters when they went to 'visit the graves.' At that time, being a little boy, I wasn't thinking much about death, but liked the serenity and the nice smell of gardenia and other flowers. I agree that death is just a part of life and that being aware of the fact that our years are numbered makes us want to live life even more fully. Nice poem.