Part Of History

Old Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Alabama

Photo: C. M. Highsmith, Old Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Alabama

 

“There is glory in the graves.”

“No there ain’t. There is only death in them graves. And bones, if they ain’t turned meal theyselves yet.”

“I’m only reading what it says, Gramma.”

“You is only saying what is lies, then, and it don’t make it no more true in the sayin.”

“I’m sorry, Gramma.”

“Hmm.”

Moss trailed from the old trees like cobwebs strung on homes for Halloween. There was eerie beauty in them. And sorrow.

“Why did you bring me here, Gramma?” she asked.

“Because it be part of history. Good and bad, you is supposed to know it.”

“It looks really old.” And peaceful, she didn’t add.

“I hear tell they’s started buryin’ here about 1830. Didn’t have no old live oaks then, or young’uns. Just dead peoples.”

“When did they plant the oaks, then?”

“Nearabout 1880. They trees is pretty, Chile, but they graves still got no glory.”

 

 

For What Pegman Saw: Selma, Alabama

 

 

17 thoughts on “Part Of History

  1. ❣️❣️❣️ beautiful.

    Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

    AdeleRyanMcDowell.com Adeleandthepenguin.com MakingPeacewithSuicide.com Channeledgrace.com

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  2. I love the voice in this, Na’ama. I particularly loved this: “Moss trailed from the old trees like cobwebs strung on homes for Halloween. There was eerie beauty in them. And sorrow.”
    Gorgeous writing.

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    • 🙂 Thank you, Karen! 🙂
      And … yes, many cemeteries — like this one in Selma, Alabama — carry realities that are haunting and sad, as they also do stories of triumph and tenacity and honor and strength. I’m glad it came through.

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    • Thanks, Kevin! Isn’t it interesting that some of us were drawn to the cemeteries? Perhaps because so much of that area’s history is tied into death, violence, oppression, and the struggle to undo it?
      Thank you for this generous comment! 🙂

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