Old Salem Cemetery

Old Salem Cemetary

Old Salem Cemetery

The square marble white stones
lie flat in straight rows
in God’s acre: unity,
liberty, and love.

No gaudy spire
of a wealthy patriarch;
no spreading plot of a family
blessed with many offspring.

The bachelor, the single woman,
the infant, the child–each in a choir
that someday will rise up and sing
along with the married folks.

The brass bands gather
and play across the rolling grounds
each Easter morning: trumpet,
trombone, euphonium…harmony.

– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, Feb. 9, 2014

1 thought on “Old Salem Cemetery

  1. The cemetery is an amazing site, and the history of Old Salem is so interesting. They were very forward thinking back then. I have heard that the Easter sunrise service is incredibley moving but have never had the courage to go. It is attended by thousands.


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