one last ceremony

©2022 Michael Raven

drawn through the harrow
metal tine shudderscratch
tattooed on my flesh
all crimes committed in
my head
             and dreams, those
                   too
time to wash clean
          dried blood and red

       weary of dancing the
                       ghost i dig
             friable dry soil to
bury the bones of my
            grandfather \and 
     maybe the father, too

one last ceremony
            tobac jingle shells
          a dancing dancing
  shatterbone tip-tapping
before i wake once more