29 January 2009

"This is My Beloved Husband" - Love Letter in a Cemetery

Have you ever read an inscription on a gravestone that seemed so personal, so raw, you thought it could be a page from someone's diary? That's exactly how I felt when I read the love letter from Faye Wall to her husband Charles.

A "ledger" gravestone is a slab that covers an entire grave. Mrs. Wall used this type of stone for her husband, and on it she had this inscribed in raised letters:

This Is My Beloved Husband

Charles Douglas Wall
March 1, 1926
July 12, 1972

You Were My Purpose And My Way.
Each Night And Day, Each Hour Something
Wonderful And Dear Of You Will Ring
My Heart And Knock Upon My Mind.
For Love Has Your Face And Body, Your
Tender Hands And Your Sweet Mouth -
God Has Made No Other Eyes Like Yours.
You Were All I And All Of Me Was You -
My Senses Rhymed With Your Senses And
Our Bodies Made Music And Gave Light
As All Things Absolute. Now I Walk Alone,
Slowly. No Hurry, Nobody's Waiting.
My Love Who Loved Me Is Gone. ... Faye Wall

Mr. Wall is buried at Magnolia Park Cemetery; Warner Robins, Houston County, Georgia.


Amy said...

How incredibly touching and heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing your find.

Carol said...

This is a beautiful gravestone. There is also an entry for this grave on Find A Grave.com. Would you post your picture there? Thank you? Lorelei

S. Lincecum said...

Yes! I just posted it. Thank you very much for asking.

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