Structural Maintenance Procedures
for Cemeteries

Individual markers such as headstones.
Collective memorials from single stones

to vast structures inscribed with thousands of names.
Shelters, seats, walls and entrances.

Utility buildings.
The materials used: stone, brick, timber,

metal, slates, shingles and lead sheeting.
Each requires its own skills and tools.

Will this stone keep its inscription?
In rain? In acid fog? And for how much time?

Glenaby a dark blue/grey granite
is no longer available; Vire Blanc

approximates its hue and heft
(or reclaimed Rubislaw for plots/groups).

The stone is from that quarry, but from this bed.
Never use a wire brush.

All is known except what end.

Bridget Khursheed

If you have any comments on this poem, Bridget Khursheed  would be pleased to hear from you.