Louisiana: 2

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 12:34 am

After hours on the Louisiana highway, we stopped to visit a cemetery. Bayou graveyards are famous for above-ground mausolea, owing to the soft ground. I can’t imagine the earliest grave-sites — the floods that unearthed corpses and spat them onto lawns. It’s no wonder, given such folklore, where the idea of zombies came from.

The cemetery was organized into a tight grid, and not a single plot was wasted. Entire families were encased in these marble cabins, and many were decorated with flowers, Virgin Mary statues, American flags, and even dolls.

But as time passes, flowers wilt, and the groundskeepers have to dispose of all those rotting petals. I was startled to find a beat-up trashcan full of bouquets — a mash of colors, also laid to rest.

  1. beautiful sadness

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