Scene From a Shaker Cemetery

The unmarked
tombstones leave
an impression 

The elemental need
to tell someone
that you were here

The same reason 
the cave people 
in Lascaux wrote on walls

The eternal battle between
simplicity and pride 
the primal urge to leave a mark

on the earth, and the spiritual
quest to disappear entirely

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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