Thursday, 21 March 2013


Dorothy Stevens

Block capitals on memorial of stone:

An obituary she herself could read,

Propped up against a chancel wall;

Her childlike, outlined image was scored

Upon a broken, amber, votive block:

A virgin in life, who succumbed to death’s thrall...

Pete Ray

March 2013

Stoke Dry, Rutland, inside St Andrew’s Church, where medieval wall paintings astounded me, this simple epitaph, written in large capital letters on a stone memorial on the ground, about the death of a young girl, was accompanied by a carved image, also in stone, propped up against a nearby wall.

I was fascinated.
And saddened.

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