Saturday, 18 August 2018

A Grave Mistake

(Rhyme commemorating the unveiling of The Poet William Blake’s newly engraved gravestone 12th August 2018 - Bunhill Fields - London)

A grave mistake
a grave mistake
where is the grave
of William Blake?

It could be here
It could be where
under the fig tree
- over there?

There is a stone
and an explanation
his resting place
an approximation

Sleuths to the test
‘location’s defective -
we’ll seek his plot,’
said the Grave Detectives.

With records of bodies
lowered and raised
the graveyard clerks
were highly praised

Then at last at last
they found the right spot
with William and wife
and seven on top,

for others were sharing
Blake’s resting place
paupers all,
the likely case.

Now it’s twenty-eighteen
there’s a celebration
a new gravestone
and a restoration.

A grave mistake
a grave mistake
but a wrong was righted
for William Blake.

© S. O. Fasrus

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S.O. Fasrus: Social Justice Campaigner & Social Research Interviewer. Her verse and poems; some comic; satirical; and serious; can be found online. Recent poems are in New Verse News, Culture Matters, and Poems for Grenfell Tower.