old cemetery --
the blank headstones
of unknown soldiers

—Jane Wilson

Behind the church that my family belongs to is and old graveyard where Confederate soldiers are buried. These soldiers died in the Battle of Yellow Tavern in May of 1864, just north of Richmond, Va. Many of the dead soldiers could not be identified, but each grave was marked with a small headstone made out of slate. The enemy dead from the Union Army were buried in another location.

About the author: Jane Wilson (jw_nightowl at yahoo.com)

I live and work in Richmond, Virginia, where I was born. My haiku have been pulished on tinywords.com, the Asahi Haikuist Network, The Heron's Nest, and in Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku. I also enjoy writing short poems in the style of Japanese tanka.


Responses to the haiku for 27 May 2002 by Jane Wilson

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-11-21 07:25:12

    in the cemetery
    rows of headstones ...
    always the same, the end

    levon machenry (rebelyell at yahoo dot com)
    2005-07-12 17:28:01

    what can i say? it warms the heart of this
    old mississippian to see this kind of

    cutting through the cemetery at dusk fireflies

    2008-12-31 20:29:05

    year's end-
    another white pine cross
    where the promise began