Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Epitaph of Belle Starr

Somewhere near Hooker in Eastern Oklahoma, the grave lies past a plum thicket, beyond an alfalfa patch, through a grassy field fringed with sycamores and blackberry vines, to a forgotten and scrub-tangled knoll above a river. The inscription was written by her daughter, Pearl, and reads:

        Shed not for her
            the bitter tear
        Nor give the heart
            to vain regret
        Tis but the casket
            that lies here,
        The gem that filled it
            Sparkles yet

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