Beautiful Decomposition

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© Steven Schutz
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Here is a full shot of the February 19 1898 stone featured a few posts earlier.

Little can be deciphered except the date of death, a bit of the date of birth, and a few words in the text at the foot of the stone like Heaven and two words "in the"..It looks as if perhaps the stone was fixed in the earth itself judging from the color and state of the rock at the bottom, perhaps even more lines of text at one time existed.

It would be most interesting to see photographs of this carving from a century ago.

Much has happened to this unbeknownst form, the body of stone has endured the heat of the summers, and the cold of the winters, over 113 of these cycles.

I cant help but wonder if the grounds crew picks up the broken appendages from the carvings that break off from natural or un natural causes, and what they do with them.
Some cemeteries have a dumping grounds or area that they put broken head stones and other cast offs from the burial grounds.
This one is missing 3 pieces, I wonder what happened to them and where they are now.

This decomposed human form can be a likeness and symbol for humankind, humanity and/or our civilization, even culture.
Decomposed and rotted from greed, dis-compassion, thoughtlessness, violence and intolerance not to forget obliviousness, ego maniacal and self righteousness thoughts and actions, self importance and lastly a poison sense of entitlement.

A bit like Humpty Dumpty, although this form has not fallen, it is in pieces and cant be put back together again.

This photo was taken at the Legendary Bellefontaine Cemetery located in St Louis Missouri during a JPG meet-up in the latter part of April 2012.

The Bellefontaine Cemetery
St Louis Missouri
21 March Saturday 2012

Let us all hope and pray to whomever that humankind is not indeed lost, and although broken, can indeed be put back together again.

4 responses

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 May 2012):

    Probably marble...granite holds up much better...

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (1 May 2012):

    I bow to that title, as I would kneel to that grave.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (2 May 2012):

    Wonderful photo and and interesting writing about what may have happened to this tombstone.

  • D Gray

    D Gray (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2012):

    a piece that defines human nature by the greed in which the world lives in, there is no face, no seen hands, no real evidence that life has been taken in millions other than what we see or choose to see and believe. Although this is not what has happened to this soul's monument it reflects the harsh environment that in which we live daily. Striking

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