Styx and Stones and Broken Bones

We could think of cemeteries as having two populations: the below-ground population and the above-ground population. The below-ground population—those who have crossed the river—reminds us that life is fragile. The above-ground population—cemetery statuary—reminds us that even death is fragile. Here are some of the worn and wounded at local cemeteries.

cemetery fragile fingers greenwood Greenwood. Fingers are especially vulnerable.

cemetery fragile star oakwoodOakwood.

cemetery fragile oakwood headlessOakwood.

cemetery fragile oakwood fingersOakwood.

cemetery fragile oakwood foot 1Oakwood.

cemetery fragile oakwood feetOakwood.

cemetery fragile nose oakwoodOakwood.

cemetery fragile jesus fingers oakwoodOakwood.

cemetery fragile supper moMount Olivet.

cemetery fragile broken wings oakwoodOakwood.

cemetery fragile boy hand oakwoodOakwood.

cemetery fragile child face oakwoodLichen-etched profile of a child’s face at Oakwood. Shallow bas-reliefs are susceptible to weather wear.

At Pioneers Rest an angel with broken wings.

cemetery face skull cross bones PRAt Pioneers Rest even the skull and crossbones memento mori wears thin.

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2 Responses to Styx and Stones and Broken Bones

  1. Ramiro Garza says:

    Made me sad. I am not a big fan of statues, except in cemeteries.

    • hometown says:

      I go to cemeteries a lot more than I do museums, mind you, but I think most of the statues in Fort Worth are in its older cemeteries. Mount Olivet has an impressive bas-relief of the Last Supper and several other biblical statues. And a few military statues in bronze.

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