In St Peter’s graveyard
the bones have labels.
The labels are incised in marble or slate.
The coming together of the bones is recorded.
(God breathed on those bones).
The dislocation of the bones is recorded.
(God stopped breathing).
The length of time in between
is calculated to the nearest year.
(This is called the age of “someone”).
It is suggested that,
in many cases,
“someone” has been buried
with his bones.
(And that his label liveth for evermore).
“someone” is a kind of caretaker