At dVerse Frank is hosting Haibun with an invitation to write about something fear.
“Samhain is a good time to celebrate the lives of all wise elders ….” Caitlin Matthews
All The Souls Shall Stir The beady owl cries a deep hoo from the dry papered tree for the sake of the covered bones whispering below my feet, while mossy headstones pull me from my gait to their thrall. Iron spears line the way, rusted as bloody. Tentacles of ivy grab at my heels, as the witching hour creeps in when all the souls shall stir about me and merrily dance around my urgency. I pass by the gatekeeper's house and sense his gaze upon my back, not a candle to be seen. Along the shadowed road I see a hearse, its horses lathered in sweat, but as I turn and look again it has vanished along the icy breeze. If I run it will be too soon and give the game away. I close the door behind me. Tomorrow I shall walk the dead again, but not as tonight, tonight the past lives. Autumn bares trees cherry blossom memories crane flies over me Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon All Rights Reserved ®
Note: in Japanese culture it is said that the crane (Tsuru) is symbolic of longevity and good fortune.