The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #756
(Week of 13 February, 2011)

I was feeling slightly creepy today for some reason. It isn't October already, is it?

Lone Bone

A bone alone on the sidewalk
In mute prolific starkness
No crime scene figure drawn in chalk
No further chunks of carcass
Valued anatomy gone astray
But just the bone and nothing more
One letter of a mystery phrase
A note clipped out of a symphony score
Inevitably there are questions
Ownership and circumstance
No answers, only grim suggestions
Bones are rarely dropped by chance
Reminder for a kidnap ransom
Mishap with a farm machine
Jealous revenge on hands too handsome
Or something even more obscene
Someone once was using this
Before the eerie aftermath
Of fate or felon's fearsome fist
Placed it on my walking path
But who am I to strive against
The skeleton of grand design?
Whatever the sequence of events
Finders keepers, now it's mine

Copyright © 2011 by Dave Grossman

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