B&P Shadorma and Beyond – The Epitaph – August 29, 2015


Epitaph. Tumblr.


For this week we have an opportunity to use a heavy dose of humor – or to look deep inside ourselves.

Let’s look at the Epitaph.  You may not think of an epitaph as poetry, but the form has great potential to be so.  What is an epitaph?  It is: “a note meant to appear on a tombstone. From the Greek, epitaph means “upon a tomb.” Since it has to fit on a tombstone, this note is usually brief and often rhymes. Some epitaphs are funny; most are serious. Most try to get the reader thinking about the subject of the tombstone” (Source).


Here are some humorous epitaphs:


Here lies one Box within another;
The one of wood
Was very good;
We cannot say so much for t’ other.


Here lies the body of Mary Ann Ford,
We trust her soul is with the Lord,
But if she’s missed of eternal life,
It’s better than being John Ford’s wife.


Here lies an editor.


Under the sod and under the trees,
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there’s only the pod.
Pease shelled out and went to God.


Tombstone Les Moore


And here is a video for inspiration:


If you had to write your own epitaph, what would you say?  Or – perhaps you would like to write an epitaph for your malfunctioning car, or computer:

After years of rattling like thunder,
you no longer record my blunders.

Robert Lee Brewer (on his hard drive)

You may write a shadorma in the place of an epitaph – or if you’re really creative a shadorma capped with an epitaph.  The shadorma is a non-rhyming 6-line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5. You many also choose whatever inspires you either from this post or use your own original work.

When you have written your post, tag itMindLoveMisery’s Menagerie and B&Ps Shadorma and Beyond.  And don’t forget to add your link to Mister Linky.

Have fun!




      • I can not even begin to fathom life without humor. Sometimes I see a commercial for a drug that will help someone from spontaneous (perhaps inappropriate?) laughter or weeping. And I wonder if that commercial is a joke. What is sad is that drug companies have to advertise like that… and that some folks will be drawn in. There are so many alternatives than drugs. I will concede that some drugs are necessary but I believe not to the extent that they are promoted by TV, magazines or other ads.


  1. Definitely an interesting read, Paloma! I incorporated an epitaph into the shadorma–which would work on a long narrow tombstone….however the poem suggests cremation, so it’s a mystery!


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