There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Bonaventure cemetery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bonaventure cemetery. Show all posts

07 February 2015

Midnight in the garden of good and evil

"Bonaventure Cemetery...1 mile."

A small sign so indiscreetly placed along a simple highway that I missed it the first time.

Not that I was looking for another cemetery to explore....until my brain kept telling me that this particular burial ground was from the book Midnight in the garden of Good and Evil.

So I entered, the wind lightly parting the Spanish Moss to reveal a dusty road leading to the Dead of Savannah.
The stone face of a haunted angel follows me as I step to and fro amongst the graves. She deals out peace to those of us with demons that are strong in a place such as this.
I hear the sounds of old jazz notes floating by, a piano's keys are being softly tapped. The music is a calming demeanor as I read the names and dates on the tombstones.

1619-1693
1701-1703
1835-1906

I find the numbers so finite, yet so mysterious. We go through this life only knowing one half of the final equation....
leaving Georgia on my mind until I'm blue at 2 a.m.