Monday, October 24, 2005

Words of The Dead

The cemetery in my town is not all that old in the grand scheme of things. This part of the country was not settled until the mid to late 1800's. It does hold a deal of history with the burial site and memorial for Buffalo Soldiers who died in the Indian Wars fighting Quanah Parker. It also has the oft repeated legend of Bloody Mary's Grave that moves from one location to another.

The most disturbing sight in the graveyard to me is the words left etched on a tombstone from the 1930's. I have never been sure as to whether the author wanted to leave words of caution from his Christian Faith to future generations or whether he thought that it would be a kick to spook generations to come. I will leave it for you to decide.

'Remember Now As You Pass By, As You Are Now So Once Was I. As I Am Now, Soon You Must Be. Prepare For Death and Follow Me.'


Master - Baiter said...

I`ll tell you one damn thing DON`T go messin around no cemetery down in this neck o the woods.
Some folks don`t believe in the dark arts... I`m tellin you, I`ve seen some wild shit out there in that swamp..
Maybe I wuz drinkin just a little.. but I know what I saw..
Somethin`s out there..somethin you don`t talk about. Less of course somebody is gonna buy the next round...

Crazy Dan said...

cemetery, they have never really creeped me out, it was a great place to take a date when I was younger. It was the one place I could feel pretty comfortable knowing that no one is going to sneaking up to cockblock you.

Laurie said...

spooky - but true!

Tina said...

Where did you get that picture? I'm sure I've seen it somewhere before. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, anyone?

T said...

Makes me think of the coolest headstone I ever saw Fuzz.

Free your body and soul
Unfold your powerul wings
Climb up the highest mountains
Kick your feet up in the air
You may now live forever
Or return to this earth
Unless you feel good where you are

(In case some of our "mentally challenged" readers didnt catch it, pay attention to the capitalized and bolded letters and read down)

RAVEN the PITA said...

I love graveyards! I have many fond memories in Graveyards... :-) England has some kickass graveyards - dating mostly early 1800s on up. I always read them and like to try and figure out how they died...

:P fuzzbox said...

Master Baiter: You don't happen to live by the Wooley Swamp do you.

c.d.: Actually back in the day, some of the biggest parties that were had were right behind the cemetery.

laurie: I wonder what the guy was like in real life.

tina: Actually I found the pic by taking a quiz on whether I would make a good vampire or not and this is the pic from my answer. Totally vampire. I will try to find that link.

t: I have seen that epitaph before. The story that I remember it was penned by a man's wife and his mistress and the engraver didn't catch it until after it's completion ( or so he said ).

pita: People are just dying to go there.

Reiki said...

I happen to have some fond cemetary memories myself. IT takes a lot to scare me though. I suppose that's why I am living in a possessed house. T, I love that inscription. I'll have to think of something similar for my own someday... How's your vacation fuxx?

:P fuzzbox said...

dear jane: Vacation has found me working harder to get out of work than if I had just gone to work.