DIED APRIL THE 11TH 1844
AGED 30 YEARS 11 MONTHS
AND 5 DAYS.
Standing in the cemetery, looking upon Dr. King’s gravestone, I see something more than drapery. Because the opening framed by the drapery is empty (often you would see an urn or flowers), I see an empty stage.My glass is run my grave you see
In time prepare to follow me.
Go home dear friends dry up your tears,
I must lie here till Christ appears.
And when he comes I hope to rise:
Unto a life that never dies.
Wouldn’t that be an apt, even if unintentional, metaphor for death? Exit Stage Left.
Bigelow Cemetery Prairie State Nature Preserve