I hadn’t been walking through the Ajo Cemetery (in Ajo, AZ) very long before the lyrics to the song “Cemetry Gates” by The Smiths were running through my head.
While I walked through the Ajo Cemetery I did what Morrissey and Johnny Marr must have done before they wrote the song: I read the headstones and I wondered about those people. Who were they? What were they like? What were their loves and hates and passions? Headstones really tell so little about those who have passed away.
Did anyone living remember the people buried in the ground under me, and if not, were the deceased in any position to care?
I took photos of some of the headstones I thought were particularly interesting, the ones that made me wish I knew the stories of the people buried beneath them. They were born. They lived. And now they’re dead, but we can remember them, even if we never knew them.
Dude! In 1869, a family named their little baby daughter Cindarella. How cool is that? I wonder if and how this woman’s name shaped her life.
Why was Virginia Adeline Stevens called The Angel Lady? What did she do? Her headstone is featured on Findagrave.com, but I couldn’t find any information about her.
I think Wriston liked guitars. I would guess s/he played. But that’s just a guess.
Someone left a beverage for Canuto De La Torre. The Ajo Cemetery was the first place I saw offerings of soft drinks left on graves. Canuto is remembered.
Marjorie L. Allen is on the road again. I wonder if she was a fan of the song by Willie Nelson or the one sung by Canned Heat. Maybe this memorial reflects her personal philosophy. I think I would have enjoyed knowing her.
This marker looks handmade. I like that. I wonder what Tykie was like and what happened to him.
I like “nature loving desert rat.” That’s that, folks. That’s that.
Listen to The Smiths sing “Cemetry Gates.”
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