Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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A Propos The Last Post

I've been pottering round churchyards and old churches all my adult life. It's a hobby of mine. And one of the first things you realize when you're pottering is that stones usually outlast the particular persons they're supposed to commemorate. You can win "immortality" by writing a book or winning (or losing) a battle but not by having a great bit of masonry plonked over your mortal remains.

Here's a poem I wrote 40 years ago. It's more hi-falutin' than anything I'd put my name to today, but it is a Duchess who's speaking. Picture one of those grandiose 17th century tombs with marble or alabaster effigies of the deceased kneeling on top.

The Duchess And Her Statue

A generation sees
My tawdry pass from mind.
Men learn what verities
Of statecraft lurked behind
The perished fripperies.
Another has her season.
My much vaunted beauty
By the artist's treason
Is resolved to stone.
By his grace alone
I who held in fief
A state must hold my fame.
I have changed my name.
He has named me "Grief".

P.S. I won't be replying to comments for a few days because- ha- I'm going to a wake.
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