Tense and Silent

We gather in cemeteries, tense and silent as if for listening for the impact; the splash of a pebble dropped into a dark well, trying to measure its depth.

Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, Hackney, N16

Trying to measure how far we have to fall. No impact comes; no splash. The moment passes. The world turns and we turn away, getting on with our lives…

Kensal Green Cemetery, Ladbrooke Grove, Kensington & Chelsea, NW10

Wrapping ourselves in comforting banalities to keep us warm against the cold. “Time’s a great healer.” “At least it was quick.” “The world keeps turning.”

Highgate Cemetery, Swains Lane, Highgate, Camden, N6

From Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing

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