On my tombstone

SylviaPlathI came across an interesting little blog post this morning which I am taking full advantage of since I am on a tight deadline this week. If you click on this link you will arrive at the post, entitled The Last Word: 9 Famous Authors’ Epitaphs.  Among these nine I found my favorite, the incorrectly quoted gem on Sylvia Plath’s headstone: “Even amidst fierce flames the golden lotus can be planted.”

So it got me to thinking what I would have carved on my headstone if today was the day I had to pick those words (and a if money were no object, because four lines is arguably a lot of words to hew into stone). It’s lifted from Henry Van Dyke’s Gone From My Sight:

“And, just at the moment when someone says, ‘There, she is gone,’
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, ‘Here she comes!’

What would you have inscribed on yours? I really want to know! And I mostly promise not to steal it from you…


Author: Susan

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  1. Roxy Henke on August 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Susan, I’ve lived in a little, rural community almost my whole life and for years and years and years I longed to live somewhere “bigger.” I’ve often joked that on my tombstone I want written: “She finally got to move!!”

  2. Laura Tucker on August 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I love that quote! Beautiful.

  3. Carla on August 19, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I love yours. For me, short and simple: “She tried.”

    It might even be the opening line of my next novel.

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