Prayers of Bone

Beware this Halloween
and the days in between,

when knuckles crack
behind the back,

of the flesh-eating ghoul
that sips your soul,

carves telling stones
from finger bones,

Our Fathers and Hail Marys
strung on calcified rosaries.

Fingers that once folded in prayer,
this Halloween beware!

Kim M. Russell, 21st October 2020


My response to Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #42: About Those Bones…

I’m keeping things short and sweet today as I’m having problems with my laptop. But I couldn’t resist Magaly’s prompt based on MMT’s haiku. She’s given us three choices, from which we can choose one, two or all three:

  1. Write poetry or prose which explores where the bones in the poem might’ve come from.
  2. Write poetry or prose which shows why the subject is clutching a rosary made of human bone.
  3. Write poetry or prose inspired by the poem.

27 thoughts on “Prayers of Bone

  1. I love it. It’s exactly the sort of thing I could imagine being sung in high whispering voices at the beginning of a movie. What a delightful chill this gave me!

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  2. Quite seasonally spooky! Very nice! And I love the photo, as I have a Stanhope cross, and now see what the rosary bead portion looked like. I do believe I have, or had, those somewhere too.

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