The Party

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

for tea

with the curtains drawn on all of our windows

of course.

2 thoughts on “The Party

    • I love these prompts, they invite you to just jump in and have some fun. I am going to take more time on learning the poetry forms you’ve posted. But I do ghost stories and the like during the Christmas season so I can have some fun developing that for the winter holidays.

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