They cling like mist, damp and chilly on my coat,
as I stand at the bus stop by the cemetery gates,
aware that it could be an uncomfortable wait.
I stare at my feet to ignore the embarrassed stares
of other people in the queue and the pleading eyes
of those who breached the cemetery wall, and try
to disguise my fear and disgust at the musty smells that rise
from their crumbling skin and bones, and the cries
and moans of people who think they’re still alive.
Kim M. Russell, 2017
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Magaly says that the world is so gloomy right now, most of us could probably use a laugh (or fifty). For this week’s mini-challenge, she has given us something simple and funny: 13 titles to choose from and use as inspiration to write a new three-stanza poem or a very short story (of 313 words or fewer). She has requested that we battle curiosity and abstain from finding out anything about the actual books. We should also include the chosen title, as a note, somewhere in our posts. One more thing: just because some of the book titles might inspire hysteric laughter (or excessive blinking), this doesn’t mean that our poems must be humorous. I chose People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It, by Gary Leon Hill.