The Cemetery Project - The Stone Cutter

The Stone Cutter
by Egmont van Dyck

          The years of cutting Roman letters into the marble or granite stone 
          has taken its toll on the artist’s hands,
          Reshaping his fingers that hold the chisel with a firm grip,
          while a hammer guides with precision the chisels mark with each beat
          And gives the words of a poet a voice that will outlast the lives
          of the poet or that of the stone cutter.

          As the great slab of stone rests upon the grave 
          for long as time shall permit,
          And bears witness to changing colors of the seasons and the years, 
          only to wait for a stranger to pass and read the name and words;
          Giving existence to a nameless artist who gave his life,
          so that the dead would not be forgotten.

Photo: Old Pioneer Cemetery, St Helena, California

All photographs taken with an iPhone 4S by
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