fact or fiction


warning or welcome

sad farewell


from the grave

darkness of despair

deep message

Jill and I were tracking the call of a Tui in The Napier Botanic Gardens in New Zealand when we chanced upon the historical nineteenth century section of the Napier  cemetery .Time stood still for us as we slowly wandered amongst the graves beautifully adorned with semi wild flowers and creepers. Reading the headstones in old graveyards is always fascinating and ones imagination can wander with some of the more detailed ones.  What tragedy lay behind Caroline’s death? was it an accident? Who wrote this first person epitaph? I took the photo and have re visited the image several times to ponder. There is almost a touch of fictional writing within these words of the last line. And we missed the Tui that time.

Just the image for the one a week Photo Challenge word challenge and this week it is FICTION.  This is my contribution . For this years 52 weekly challenges planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

The second haiku has been added later  for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 154 Darkness & Deep. To see many other haiku poems using these challenge words hit this link  https://ronovanwrites.com/2017/06/19/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-154-darknessdeep/


25 thoughts on “fact or fiction

  1. Looks like an interesting cemetery Denis. They are always nice and peaceful with nice gardens, and the headstones are always interesting and, on occasion, puzzling, like the one you found of Caroline.


  2. Wow, yours and Sandra’s take on this week’s photo prompt both have an eerie feel to me! Not because yours is based in a cemetery but simply because of the unusual nature of that inscription.

    I spent many, many hours as a child in cemeteries while my genealogy loving grandparents rubbed the stones for state recordkeeping purposes. Great memories really.

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  3. I like your haiku very much. The epitaph is intriguing … questioning it I wonder what kind of fall … a literal one or one that inspired murder perhaps.


  4. Wandering through graveyards can certainly cause some sad ruminations. I’m glad to finally catch up with you again Denis. Somehow in my moving blogs I seem to have lost contact with some bloggers I enjoyed talking to you. You might be interested in my new haiku prompt site. Here’s a link if you want to take a look https://ontheroadprompts.wordpress.com/


  5. That ‘first person’ is curious. I got taken with a whole family once, all buried in a church grave yard. So much so, that I ended up looking up their history. Turns out they owned all of Queens & some of Long Island ( when it was farmland). And the dad was on the board of the first Bank in NY. Very interesting. Everybody died so young though. Nice work on this Denis:)


    1. Very curious, it stopped me in my tracks when I saw that headstone. The saddest grave we have seen is in Swansea Tasmania where a family 6 children between 2 and 12 years drowned in a shipwreck .


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