Sometimes when you look at a prompt and just let the first thing that pops into your head as you turn it over in your mind, there’s no telling what you’ll get.
Here is a and image prompt provided by Experience Writing for their October 8th prompt-Connecting The Bones
My takeaway was strange- but fun.
Sometimes you have to get out of the way and let a story tell itself.
My Grandmother’s coffin looks shiny and new
even though we dug it up 14 days ago.
As we six drove her home, we wondered aloud,
will her bones smooth and white?
Are her rings still on her fingers, are her nails still painted red?
Will her hands still be clasped
upon her chest
did her wig fall off her head?
Is her mouth opened or closed, we’ve asked each again and again.
When we got my Grandmother home
and put her coffin upstairs
we didn’t just pop it open
we knocked on the lid with care.
And from inside we heard a tap
then we silently filed downstairs
to wait for Grandmother to join us in the Parlor
with the curtains drawn on all of our windows