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Marjorie Walk

From this collection:
Heartfelt Appeal
Victorian Architecture

From the Marjorie Walk collection:
RestingHeartfelt AppealVictorian Architecture

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The word suggests a temporary state,

a periodic repose before resuming

normal movement, a simple pause, hiatus,

recovery of feeling, thought and strength.

Unless the adjective is raised in stone

above a name and date. Another meaning,

the rest conditional: finite with faith,

some future awakening, without faith, endless.

Here at Margate cemetery, confinement

looks a long one — eighty years, eighty

summers since Marjorie (whom God loves best)

was lowered in the ground to start her rest.