dVerse — Quadrille 119 — Undertaker’s Lament

Funeral" Painting by Dondavid | Artmajeur

It’s hard to dab her waxen cheeks.
Sockets fill with sea; digits tremble.
When daffodils last bloomed,
her face wore roses. Fresh endorsed
for necromancy that brought
solace to sobbing left-behinders.
Keeping you safe, daddy,”
she’d insisted as she imbued
another covid corpse.

 

 

Image:  “Funeral” by Dondavid

De Jackson is today’s host for dVerse‘ Quadrille Monday.  De says:
Write a poem of exactly 44 words, including some form of the word dabMake up a form of the word if you like, just be sure it’s in there, and that your poem adds up to exactly 44 words not including the title.

56 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, this is a good one! Love the illustration to, it’s perfect for your words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jane.

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  2. Ingrid says:

    This is chilling in the present situation, and ripe with Gothic madness. Combined with the image it sends shivers down my spine!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ingrid.

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  3. De Jackson says:

    Wow, this is a chilling piece, from title to last line. Whew.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, De.

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  4. The tragedy behind every death is often hidden behind the statistics… reminds me of the early part of the 20th century and tuberculosis that ravaged the population.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      We seldom think of the undertakers and those they love 😦

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  5. merrildsmith says:

    I agree with all the comments above–chilling and perfect title and illustration. It makes me think of the sin-eaters.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Merril. I’ve heard the term sin-eaters but will need to look it up to see what it means.

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        I’ve encountered the term in stories. They were considered outcasts, but they were given meals after someone died, and it believed that with eating the food, they consumed the person’s sins. I suppose then the dead person’s soul was wiped clean.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah. Thank you for the information.

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  6. sanaarizvi says:

    This is incredibly dark and chilling, Lisa! I especially like; “When daffodils last bloomed,her face wore roses.”💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sanaa.

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  7. Another poetic avenue that you pursue–your Muse has a sense of humor, and your imagination has no lingual limits. Concept, image, language, all taunt and chilling.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glenn thank you!

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  8. Beverly Crawford says:

    A bone-chilling poem. A many-times told story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Beverly.

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  9. Beverly Crawford says:

    A bone-chilling poem. A many-times told story.

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  10. Ron. says:

    Tres au-courante, Lisa. And the artwork is a perfect accompaniment.

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  11. Well, that put a smile on my face…
    Just kidding!

    Wow… how dark, Lisa.

    -David

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  12. Whoa! What a kick in the gut, that ending. Love it! Excellent, Lisa. Love the photo, too.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Susan. His sorrow has been multiplied exponentially 😦

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  13. ghostmmnc says:

    What a heartbreaking scenario. Wonderful poem though. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Barbara, thank you.

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  14. rothpoetry says:

    Wow! you went real deep with this one! What a great poem! Such vivid images of what most would rather not think about! A sad announcement to all that many are still dying of this dreaded virus.!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      When I hear that covid vaccinations sit unused because certain idiots have pushed a message that taking it is the mark of the beast it’s difficult to shake off.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        That is a new one for me! It is rather incredulous to think of the many irrational reasons people use to avoid taking it!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes, I first saw mention of it on one of my brother’s facebook page and then googled it. It is like being in the Twilight Zone more often than not anymore.

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  15. Gillena Cox says:

    Oh this one’s dreary, but so is this pandemic

    Happy Monday

    Much💝love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Gillena 😦

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  16. Truedessa says:

    Dark and haunting as is the reality of covid.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wish it wasn’t so 😦

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  17. Such a fine piece. Lifting the veil on the corpse tenders. ‘Essential’ workers we think of as heroic nurses and medicos – but here’s the undertaker’s song – still shunned.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I appreciate your comment very much. Thank you.

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  18. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Well that is bone chilling.
    My buddy who has been diabetic since he was a kid and is waiting on a kidney got covid a few weeks ago. We were all worried…but he pulled through thankfully.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy he pulled through.

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  19. Sad, creepy, relevant . . . great job, Lisa! 🌞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Lisa, thank you!

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  20. That would be a hard job…”sockets fill with sea” is such a good line, in that it really makes one imagine the creepiest image ever! 😱

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sorry your imagination conjured creepiness!

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  21. kim881 says:

    I love the way you took a cheerful little word and took it into dark depths, Lisa! I especially love the sibilant ‘sockets fill with sea’ and ‘necromancy that brought solace to sobbing left-behinders’.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Kim.

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  22. memadtwo says:

    How to count the lies being spread these days? Your words contain the proper chilling sensation. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, thank you.

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  23. Wow! Bone chilling Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda.

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  24. Dora says:

    Necromancy no less! What next in this age of covid? Never mind. This was exquisite horror, Lisa.:)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, I used necromancy here because of a movie I saw recently, where doctors from the ancient times were not allowed to look inside of bodies because the church would accuse them of necromancy. Then I shifted it to undertakers who have to make a corpse look good for their loved ones.

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  25. Heartbreaking… wonderfully expressed, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, thank you very much. I felt this person’s story needed to be told.

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      1. Absolutely! You are welcome.

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  26. The story needs telling. Excellent, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sara. I wish it didn’t 😦

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