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Soul of Gold
by Alex Grehy
“Grandpa had a soul of gold,
Would you like to see?”
“No, no it’s fine.” I quickly replied,
and sipped my cup of tea.
Why did I come to grandma’s house?
She’s so old and smells of wee.
“I insist, my dear!” She grabs my hand,
pulls me close, will not let me be.
My dad always said she was strange,
maybe a witch, I have to agree.
She drags me to grandpa’s casket,
holds me tight, turns the key.
How can grandma be this strong?
She’s only five foot three!
“Your father was kind, nice; your
mother was too, their souls were of ebony.”
Grandpa’s casket is open; grandma looks weird
in the golden glow. I try to break free.
“Ebon souls rich in goodness, a fat marrow feast,
to nourish your grandpa’s immortality.”
She puts my hand in the casket, thumbs the veins
in my writs, she cuts deep, makes me bleed.
“Grandpa’s starving, I’m sure you won’t mind,
after all, you’re a good boy and he is family.”
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grehy
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from author Alex Grehy:
After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!
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