At dVerse Sarah is hosting the Quadrille (44 words) with an invitation to write about ash.
“In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix must first burn.” Octavia E. Butler
Cinereous Beauty I went down to the pit of shame and sat in the ash now cold, now penitential, itching my skin as it was supposed to do, but not forgetting that ash left long in the ground turns to coal, which sometimes turns to diamonds. Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon All Rights Reserved ®
Note: Cinereous refers to a colour – grey tinged with black – of ash. To sit in ash and wearing sackcloth goes back historically to ancient semitic culture, and predominantly to Hebrew culture as a mark of grief, penitence or shame.