The petal silk of her skin,

Pronounced against a gloam of hair,

Rescinds the black glitter of her eyes,

Void of warmth

And deep as space.

Keeping safe

Her staggered spirit

Wrapped in the density of tweed,

Shibboleth of widow’s weeds

In hues of night and shadow,

Some may think she is unhinged,

The ringer of bells,

The Kyrkogrim.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #122 “September 26th, 2016”

15 thoughts on “Kyrkogrim

    1. I’m delighted you think my poem is beautiful – thanks for reading. The Church Grim, Kirk Grim, Kyrkogrim (Swedish) or Kirkonväki (Finnish) is a figure from English and Scandinavian folklore, said to be an attendant spirit, overseeing the welfare of its particular church. English Church Grims are said to enjoy loudly ringing the bells. When I wrote this, I kind of had Eleanot Rigby in mind.

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    1. Thank you, Kerry. At first I wasn’t sure what to do with all twelve words but once I got going it all seemed to fall into place. At least I posted in the right year this time!


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