For Whom the Angels Mourn

During

the long hot days,

stone-faced angels stand guard

over their monuments until

sunset.


They watch

as the mourners

walk slowly through the rows

and leave offerings against thick

headstones.


They hear

the whispered prayers,

the last goodbyes, and sobs

of loss as loved ones bid farewell

in tears.


They stand

as witnesses,

unable to respond

to the burden bestowed on them

each day.


At dusk,

with the living

departed, they gather

and mourn in silence for the dead

they guard.


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