Saturday, 17 October 2015

Witches in Fiction 2015 -- Death Rites and Remembrances


It's my first time contributing to Magaly's annual bloghop of wicked witchy fun! She gave people a lot of leeway with this year's theme -- "Your entry must focus on death rituals. Witches and magic motifs are optional." I knew immediately what I must write.

Alas, I'm afraid there will be no witches or magic in my entry. Just a lighthearted death-related ritual to honour a certain friend's life and personality when her inevitable day of departure arrives (hopefully not for many, many years in the future).


scattering

not for her a forlorn niche
in some forgotten cemetery
nor a staid and solemn scattering
in a wayside memorial garden
no, not even a canoe-and-backpack trip
to scatter her amidst the wilderness beauty
of a mountain lake

no, she will be released out of the open sun-roof
of a speeding van doing 140 clicks
down the yellowhead highway
across the canadian prairies
on a glorious summer day
under a flax-field blue sky
a blazing golden sun
and a few fluffy clouds

with two . . . no, make that three . . .
screaming cop cars in hot pursuit
lights flashing, sirens blaring
tires scarcely touching the pavement
her ashes will stream backwards
floating over their heads
untouchable at last
a brilliant rainbow arc of glitter
for how could her ashes be
a mere dull pewter grey

yes, one final bit of scofflaw fun
one last defiant fist shaken at the mounties
and their devil hand-held radar machines
and unjust speeding tickets
which plagued her heavy foot
and cost her untold amounts of money
over so many many years

be it so



30 comments:

DEZMOND said...

the friend will love it!

Octapolis said...

cool! ;o)

Rosemary said...

A wonderous last adventure for someone dear

Sarah said...

What a lovely fun pre...post-Mortem romp. Great post!

mistress maddie said...

Makes me think...what would I write as a post mortem poem? Would be no where near as good as yours was.

sp murphy said...

Ha! How cool! Reminds me of Thelma and Louise!

Insomniac's Attic said...

Sounds like the perfect exit to me ... you driving?

Miss Val's Creations said...

Sounds like a great way to go!

Sharon Rawson said...

Wow! What an exciting way to a final exit. Not only did she sound like a wonderful, fun gal, but the person that took it upon themselves to arrange her final defiance is a true friend.

Debi said...

Perfect rememberance TRUE beyond and always! xo

JACKIESUE said...

made me weep

Linda Wildenstein said...

oh stars..........this is perfection. You painted a lovely mental picture of high jinx and a wonderful way to rememberance of an very important someone. I wish I would have thought of something like that......hmmmmmm maybe I'll steal the idea and give instructions to my grands. xoxo Oma Linda

Missy George said...

What a way to go. I hope you're having a good weekend.

greekwitch said...

Now, that i did not see coming. You must have the most original post!
I loved the whole ritual and the rainbow sand in the end!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very cool! A helluva way to exit :)

The Happy Whisk said...

That, was excellent.

Jim said...

What an exit it will be!!

Rommy said...

That sounds AWESOME! Does she have a get-away song in mind to be blared as she scatters over the Canadian highways? It almost calls for something metal I think. Can't Drive 55?

Ms Misantropia said...

Oh wow, I loved this! Also I have a heavy foot :)

Birdie said...

Awesome! What did your friend think?

Sunshineshelle said...

Hahaha, so funny, I had a fleeting vision of Thelma and Louise, but then I imagined your friend as a granny escaping custody and taking 1 last speedy exit ;)

Ol'Buzzard said...

I love it.
the Ol'Buzzard

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

Love it :)
Is this for Thelma? Or Louise?
Beautiful, beautiful piece, Debra.

Willym said...

That's the way to go!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Remembrance has never sparkled so brightly. I hope there are cameras the day this glorious funeral takes place (many decades in the future of course). Because this dance of speed, engines and glitter will sure make death less gloomy.

Linda - Darkroom Dolls said...

Ha, the perfect way to go :-). Beautiful writing, your friend must love reading this!

Little Gothic Horrors said...

Oh, gosh! This would be perfect for a certain friend of mine too!! :D Loved it!! This was a merry, Burtonesque slant on death... with a little glitter for good measure!!

B.R. Marsten said...

Love, love, loved it!

Ramzu Zahini said...

Glitter dust!

Magic Love Crow said...

Very touching!!! Beautiful!