Individual markers such as headstones.
Collective memorials from single stones
to vast structures inscribed with thousands of names.
Shelters, seats, walls and entrances.
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.
If you have any comments on this poem, Bridget Khursheed
would be pleased to hear from you.