Communicating with the Dead, in 55

I imagined
communicating with the dead
was shrouded
in mystery

But it’s not

It’s a note
in his handwriting
tucked into a favorite book

it’s the smell of
his closet

it’s the work gloves
still stiff with
the shape of his hands

Communication with the dead
is small, common
everyday

and
pretty much
one way

 

This is a 55 word version of a longer piece I’ve been noodling with for FF 55 hosted by Hedgewitch, with a tip of the hat to Galen.  Click on the link to go to her blog, Verse Escape, and join the fun!

10 thoughts on “Communicating with the Dead, in 55

  1. Such a potent truth in this, Mary. Especially the last line. We may send our words or tears after them in vain but these things you’ve enumerated say more than any words.
    Thanks for the pleasure of reading this eloquent 55.

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