Julia at http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week41/ has created a new challenge for this week. The prompt is a photo and the words ‘A pile of bones’.
This is my response.
A Rainbow of Wings
Grandfather’s shell reached the cliff of passing
each pressed mahogany hands to their heart.
A fleece bag at his waist
they filled with gold.
‘Grandfather, descend the chasm
rejoin the earth of our fathers.
Ancient ones, welcome the flesh of your son.
Take his earthly remains
and breathe his soul
into the child that waits.’
The old being fell, shattered, into the abyss
where a haunting of vultures
created a pile of bones
dotted with precious element.
A rainbow of wings rose to sing
welcome to the new life,
as the spirit heralded the grandchild
flourishing forth with first breath.