August 12, 2009
Last Thursday night, the Trust kicked off our month of Twilight Tours with a walk focusing on the poet E.E. Cummings. Though we were inundated with bugs, the tour went splendidly. Dee Morris, the tour guide, told us about word usage on gravestones and spoke about some other writers on the way to Cummings' grave. When we arrived at the poet's modest, ground-level stone, everyone took a seat and I spoke a little bit about my personal relationship with Cummings' work. Discovering his poetry had a profound effect on me: it made me want to become a writer. In hindsight, I realize how this decision colored every subsequent one. Because I wanted to become a writer, I started reading more, and learning more, which prompted me to study literature in college, which led me to Boston, which led me to working at the cemetery that holds Cummings' remains. Then I read a few of my favorite Cummings poems: "love's function is to fabricate unknownness" and "as freedom is a breakfastfood." Cecily Miller, the Trust's Executive Director read a favorite poem of hers as well: "i thank You God for most this amazing." Standing at his gravesite, reading his work, I felt proud, connected to his words in a way I never have before. It was a great start to this new event.
August 8, 2009
It threatened rain all day July 16, but fortunately the rain never materialized and the Forest Hills Cemetery Lantern Festival happened on a humid, overcast evening. People of all ages, genders, and colors came to enjoy Asian dance, music, and martial arts before preparing their lanterns. As the evening faded, lights began to float out on the water until the entire lake was ringed in light, filled with memories, joy, sadness, and beauty. You can view photos from the Festival here.