For Poets United Midweek Motif. I chose to write about remembering the dead.
How generous the dead are,
With the way they so often haunt
Both memories and dreams:
I think of my maternal grandmother
And my high-school friend —
You were cremated
Body became ashes but memories
Remained. If you had a grave,
I would visit it and pray
“Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine” * The sentiment lives, and you visit me.
* This is the beginning of a prayer for the dead, in Latin. More info
This is for Frank J. Tassone’s haikai challenge. This week, the prompt is, fittingly, Halloween. I usually enjoy this holiday and especially All Saint’s Day the day after. this has made me realize that I still need a costume!
Laugh in death’s disfigured face This Halloween night