Sunday, January 29, 2006
Folk Art Graves
Imagine the virgin lands of the colonial United States. Imagine the vast
forests of Pennsylvania. Untamed.
When I close my eyes, I can see the settlers digging away the rocks. I can feel the bark tear their skin as they pull down trees. Heaps of branches burn to clear the soil.
Ann Emrich died here, but the old world still infused her bones. Her husband walked out and found her stone in the same field she worked. He brushed away the dirt and sat with his chisel. He scratched the lines to guide him. Simple decorations: lines, wheat, a heart for his love. His fingers dipped into the carvings and tested their depth.
Ann Emrich, laid to rest, in the year 1769.
(St. Peter's United Church of Christ, West Pikeland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania)
Posted by jason evans at 12:16 AM