Friday, May 08, 2009

Photo Hunt #39: In Memory

In the last week of April, I got a chance to visit NY for four days to attend a wedding. While the purpose of the trip was to be with friends, my husband and I found a little time to roam around NY via the ever reliable subway system.

I wasn't going to feature these photos today (a series is in the works and on the way), but the theme that TNCHICK chose fits perfectly with these images. These are taken from Trinity Church (trinitywallstreet dot org). We actually got lost and stopped somewhere. When we got out of the subway station and walked a bit, we spotted the church. When we entered, we saw this beautiful park-like resting place. I surmised these are headstones from British colonizers, Trinity Church being an Episcopalian (Anglican) church.
I have not posted any poems here before. This would be the first. I love this poem that I first read/heard many moons ago in my high school days. I thought it fitted this theme too. Not really a lover of poetry, but every poem I read of Rossetti I liked.

Remember
(Christina Georgina Rossetti)
When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.






52 comments:

Annie said...

What a beautiful place with all those old memorial stones. I love the poem too. Wonderful photos.

I'm sorry about the pets you lost this year - I know how hard it is. Thanks for your comments on mine and have a good weekend.

Sue said...

Beautiful post!

Carver said...

Wonderful post and photographs for the in memory theme.

Thanks for visiting mine and to answer your question, I favored my mother more when I was younger. I think as I've gotten older there is less of a resemblance although you can tell we're related.

CRIZ LAI said...

This is a beautiful resting place indeed... full of greens and I guessed there would be beautiful birds chirping away in rhythm too.

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jams o donnell said...

What a beautiful place. I do love your photos. The second is superbly composed

candi said...

What a lovely post, and great pictures! Perfect for the theme. I also like the poem.

Happy weekend!

ancient one said...

Lovely old gravestones... and your poem was simply beautiful... perfect for the theme!

Arija said...

What a wonderfully beautiful and restful place to come across in so huge a metropolis, and the poem fits like a glove.

RJ Flamingo said...

I do love that second shot - beautifully composed...:-)

Mine’s In Memory of a great time to be repeated!

Sarge Charlie said...

very nice post, this is a great theme

Expat Traveler said...

how beautiful!

jmb said...

I love visiting graveyards and this is a lovely historic one.

Happy weekend to you.

YTSL said...

Beautiful photos and poems - thanks for sharing.

Luke Wiley said...

Nice poem, but I love how well the cemetery is kept!

luna miranda said...

wow, this is a beautiful place! love the composition of your 2nd photo. and i love Rossetti's poem, one of my favorites.:D

yup, we're on the same wavelength today.

Napaboaniya.Elaine Ling said...

Very nice in memory shots you've taken of the cemetery you took in NYC.

Ebie said...

Very lovely shots and a wonderful poem. I remember this place in downtown Wall Street, worked in this area for three years.

Marites said...

Really love your beautiful shots especially the second one. I love the poem too. A friend is dying nowadays and your poem just hit home. I hope you don't mind if i repost it someday.

My PH entry is up too.

Mirage said...

The cherrs blossoms add subtlety here. It looks so clam no? Happy weekend!

witsandnuts said...

I agree, the second photo is well-captured. You always take great shots. =)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Beautiful shots. And yes, the place inspires some poetic thoughts indeed.

Have a great weekend!

Tara R. said...

I love that the cherry blossoms were in bloom in these photos. Beautiful and haunting still. Wonderful.

Hootin' Anni said...

Inspirational!!!!

My "In Memory" is posted. Have a great weekend.

Isolated Existence. said...

Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to go hop on a train and go walk around, I'm in NY. Loved the poem. Enjoy your weekend...

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a beautiful resting place for the departed. It looks so serene. The poem is lovely.

gengen said...

The poem is beautiful and the place looks calm...Mine is also ready. TC

don said...

You've captured fine images of this quiet place with the gorgeous blossoming trees. Fine pictures and the poem fits so well. Nice one.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

What a beautiful resting place!

Life Ramblings said...

great captures of the lovely resting place.

Linnea W said...

Beautiful green grass, delicate pink blossoms, and moving poem...great post for a memory theme. Your skywatch post is cool...the sunlight really lights up the face of the canyon. Thanks for visiting my SWF pic. Have a great weekend!

Mec said...

i also wanted to use a cemetery pic but I couldn't find one i liked...

thank you about the kind words re my blog for my late nephew... i hope you're having a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day, to you and all the mothers around you

callemie said...

it's a grateful subject for a photographer "cimetary's
great pictures!!!!

Bengbeng said...

great post for this week's theme

srp said...

A beautiful place of rest for all and a wonderful poem. Mine is up here.

david mcmahon said...

The second shot is beautiful.

Ginnie said...

Beautifully captured, Maria, and with a lovely poem!

Dennis Villegas said...

The pictures are very nostalgic and the poem is so heart-rending.
Perfect poem for those pictures that remind us of our own mortality.

standley said...

This poem is so well illustrated by your pictures!
I kie these british cemeteries.

Joy said...

Wonderful photos! And the poem definitely fits. Wasn't Manhattan beautiful?! Looking forward to the rest of the series.

Make sure you fly to Keukenhof next year. Only open for 8 weeks in the spring.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come back tomorrow for more of the Keukenhof series!


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Pacey said...

Wonderful shots, and the poem goes well with the photos.

bing said...

stopped for a while participating because i lost my old hosted site. will be back next week.

the tombstones did not affect the beauty of your photos. :-)

Astrid said...

These are agreat set of pictures with a nice poem with it.
I 'love' cememetries, when I am abroad I always have to walk and look at the sometimes amazing stones.
Your pictures have so much serenity

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Yehey, that's my New York! Thanks for taking great shots of a very solemn place right in the midst of a very hectic city.

Sidney said...

It is a beautiful place... but I am not sure I would relax there like the people in one of your pictures.

Denise said...

Your photos show a very beautiful cemetary. They're beautiful and the poem equally so. Thanks for sharing.

the donG said...

if cemeteries are that beautiful ill definitely take a walk there every week. thanks for sharing that poem.

Leslie said...

Oh what a beautiful poem and a lovely post. :)

jasperjugan said...

passed by this place a number of times but never got a chance to get down and see what's inside

Imaginerf said...

Nice picture and nice text too !

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Perfect photo for the theme. Very well done!

backpacking philippines said...

such a serene place...i'm not afraid of cemeteries like most people are...i'm more afraid of the living ;P

backpacking philippines said...

such a serene place...i'm not afraid of cemeteries like most people are...i'm more afraid of the living ;P