Not What I Expected



December 31
Still above ground.


APRIL 10, 2010 12:21AM

Spring Flowers for the Dead

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Death always prevails.
With beauty we take revenge --
Flowers on the grave.

 Placing flowers in a cemetary is perhaps a way of asserting that death, though final, does not have the final word.  Flowers represent the reality that the memory of the  loved ones lives on.  

Since I live only two blocks from the main cemetary in Gresham, Oregon, I am used to seeing the cemetary blossom in the spring, though most of the flowers arrive through the actions of humans, not nature.  What follows are some photos taken in the cemetary this afternoon.  As always, these were all taken with my iPhone camera.


This is a pond near the entrance of the cemetary.  I see that someone has planted flowers to the left of the bench.  People entering the cemetary on foot often pause here and reflect before entering the main part of the cemetary.



 A single boquet stands in one area of the cemetary.



 A silk flower and some toys mark the final resting place of an infant boy who was never old enough to play with the toys.



 An angel watches over a bunch of tulips.



 Mother and Father are remembered with matching boquets.



 Two generations of family honor a loved one with flowers.



The single date on the marker tells us that the infant did not survive past the first day.  In the face of such a tragedy we can only take comfort in the hope of the kingdom of heaven.  The family has remembered the little one with fresh flowers.



 Leaving the cemetary, I reflect on how flowers help love and memory to overcome sadness and death.  The cemetary is a sad place, but also beautiful, especially when the spring flowers arrive.

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Very different view on spring flowers, but still very beautiful and touching.Thank you for sharing.
The 3rd one breaks my heart. Was the toy truck left by a grieving child, or by a grieving mother? There are countless stories resting in cemeteries, and you have captured some of them well.
Enjoyed the break, thanks
Less than a month gone, my mom's favorites will be planted today.
Although I don't believe death is final, except for our physical form, I enjoy the take you have on how the flowers help create life from death. Wonderful take!
Very beautiful pictures, despite the grimness of the subject. Well done!
Les fleurs de la mort!
Lovely post. I want more.
So poignant. The flowers make all the difference.
Mishima..Love this tender and kind..the thoughts of our loved ones gone. Very nice tribute