Photo Challenge # 44 – Sleeping Ship – January 20, 2015 – Josie’s Funeral.


Image: Kirsty Mitchell

At Josie’s funeral there wasn’t a lot said

Among the tight knit circle of friends

There were whispers, rumours, gossip

Every possible speculation

For no one was saying anything out loud.

She’d been found reposed in a magenta field

Her gown, the one her mother sewed.

Evenings formalities dispensed with

Parties to attend, drinks and unwinding.

She was the princess at the ball

The head turner, elegant, poised

The evenings dream girl.

She’d taken the bus with many others

A safe way to get to and from

A gathering out of town

Protected and guarded

She’d behaved, as did they all.

But sometime in the early hours she disappeared

It was obvious she had gone

At first they thought her mum had picked her up

But later that proved false.

Someone took her, laid her out,

Stole her life and she from us.

It had to be, everyone thought, one of us!

So her funeral was a subdued affair

So unfair she deserved much more

We should have celebrated her life

But instead we stood silent

Sideways glances, incriminating looks.

Only her mum sobbed, the cry of a parent

And so she should, her grief was now

Ours would arrive, a day, a week from now.

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16 Responses to Photo Challenge # 44 – Sleeping Ship – January 20, 2015 – Josie’s Funeral.

  1. weebluebirdie says:

    So much imagery captured in such few words.

  2. so poignant….well done, Michael!

  3. Sounds like a story should unfurl 🙂

  4. mandy says:

    Leaving images in my mind that stay, Michael. Great writing.

  5. Very creative with this prompt (a difficult one for me). I like what you did with it very much.

  6. Cheryl-Lynn says:

    What a great story, Michael…it reads like a vignette for a suspense movie.

  7. Powerful and heart-wrenching Michael! Love the closing lines

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