National Poetry Month Day 25: Mourning Ritual

So my prompt for today was Cemetery Picnic, and here’s the poem I wrote inspired by Victorian Era customs (and yes, they did picnic in cemeteries). Also, I usually use the prompt for the title, but I changed it up for this one.

Image by Vincent Ciro from Pixabay

Mourning Ritual

Memento mori
and cemetery picnics
Life among the dead

Bombazine and crape
fabric, shading lighter
as the months pass
Slighting the mourning

Carried out, feet first,
past covered mirrors
and the stopping of time

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