Pic and a Word #151: Grave details

This summer, for no particular reason, I found myself graveyard-hopping. It must be because cemeteries are full of poetic details.

Or “little touches of humanity that you find”, according to Emma Cownie. Isn’t that the loveliest way to put it? Thank you!

All these were found just at the first, Žale Cemetery, the biggest that Ljubljana (and Slovenia) have to offer.

And since I post this for Patrick’s challenge, each photo will get a haiku, for a change. Therefore make sure that you read the captions this time.

But first, a quotation that goes well with the environment.

As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die.
~ Federico García Lorca

(quotation reblogged from For Much Deliberation)

In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #151: Detail

25 thoughts on “Pic and a Word #151: Grave details

  1. I love cemeteries and it fascinates me how different they can be from country to country. Certainly I’ve never seen one like this. Like you, I imagine the untold stories behind the graves but writing a haiku for them is quite brilliant!
    Although there were many that caught my eye, the one with the balls was my favourite.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. I was never a fan but now I see more cemetery posts in the future. I remember how shocked I was when I went to the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris on November 1st and there were no crowds of people lighting candles. I thought everybody was doing that! And all those tombs! We don’t have them.

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      1. I had forgotten about the practice in some countries of honouring the dead by lighting candles on their graves! What a lovely custom. Sadly I don’t live anywhere near where my parents are buried. If I did, I would definitely be lighting candles on Nov 1st. It would likely be in the snow, but it’s the thought that counts 🙂

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  2. I love this! I never would have thought such beauty can be found in cemeteries. And your haikus were terrific, adding mystery and whimsy to your photos. Makes me want to plan something fancy for my headstone!

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  3. Oh, wow! What a delight these cemeteries are, and yes I completely acknowledge the dubious irony and paradox that certainly reads as. But such artful, personal and intimate markers of existence these are. Each a small celebration of a life lived, no matter the composures of angels and guardians.

    And an absolute tsunami of haiku!

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    1. Thank you so much, Patrick, for all your kind words. I knew mine were not in vain. 🙂

      I’ve just seen your new challenge. For some reason I’m not getting your pingbacks, the second week in a row, I wonder why that is, since the link works just fine.

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    1. Hihi, Fabrizio, didn’t cross my mind. Funny thing is that I’ve been more impressed with Italian – sunny, proud, even cheerful – cemeteries, forgetting how interesting the ones back home are. Thank you!

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  4. Lovely pics Triple M! Cemeteries have countless stories to tell. Because these spots are filled with stories, aka, former human beings who lived interesting lives. We all have a fascinating life to share with folks; if only we decide to share it. Loving this post 🙂


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  5. Old cemeteries are fascinating. So much art and history. Have you visited San Michele Island, Venice’s cemetery island? You should the next time you are in Venice.

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    1. Oh, Marie, a lovely idea, thank you! I don’t remember seeing any photos from there yet. I’ve been to Venice twice briefly but never in the last five years even though we drive past it at least four times a year.

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  6. I like walking though cemeteries. I like looking at the names, and dates. The oldest ones have interesting names sometimes. The young ones always make me sad.
    I love finding angels in the cemetery, and fresh flowers.

    They sure know how to decorate and honor the dead there. I do believe I’d like that cemetery too.

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