Rick, so glad you liked the poem. The stetson is a bit of fun, of course,
goofing on the address to Stetson in "The Waste Land."
And yes -- apparently Wyatt Earp was first buried in a Jewish graveyard in
San Francisco, then dug up (with others) and carted off to Colma.
I mean to make a pilgrimage there sometime to see him and pay my respects.
Thanks so much for your note --
> > Thought I would de-lurk (after a thousand years or so) to
> say that "Dear
> > Possum," my riff on lines 60-76 of "The Waste Land," is at
> Poetry Daily
> > today:
> > http://poems.com/poem.php?date=14415
> > and will be in their archives for a year (as well as in my
> book Dick of
> > the Dead).
> Thank you Rachel. I liked "Dear Possum" a lot and I particularly
> loved the surprise at the end.
> I've got to admit though that it put me on the track to find out if
> Wyatt Earp really was laid to rest with his hat. It didn't take long
> to find the answer (check out the links.)
> As you mentioned in your note to the poem, Earp is buried in a Jewish
> cememtary at the town of Colma near San Francisco (or at least the
> Jewish section of one.) At a mission in San Francisco that had one of
> the few remaining graveyards in the city (if not the only
> one) I learned
> that all the other dead people in the city were evicted long ago. It
> appears that the rent was much cheaper in Colma.
> Wikipedia has:
> According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has
> a total area
> of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land. The town's
> 17 cemeteries
> comprise approximately 73% of the town's land area.
> Informally, as of December 2006, Colma had "1,500
> aboveground residents
> ... and 1.5 million underground".
> Town motto: "It's great to be alive in Colma"
> Rick Parker