The dead amongst the trees


"In Maine the dead
melt into the forest
like Indians, or, rather,
in Maine the forests round the dead
until the dead are indistinguishably mingled
with trees; while underground,
roots and bones intertwine,
and above earth
the tilted gravestones, lichen-covered, too,
shine faintly out from among pines and birches....''

-- From "Lost Graveyards,'' by the late Maine writer Elizabeth Coatsworth