Smudge Sticks and Abalone Shells – (Prompt 5 – Objects In This Room)

He’d given her two things – an abalone shell, from one of his dives, and a smudge stick he’d made from their garden sage. The last thing she did for him was to light the sage and circle round the urn of ashes – once him but no more.

Bless his spirit’s passage.
Bless every step he made upon this earth.
Bless his sweetest lips and every word they spoke.
Bless his deep blue eyes and all they saw.
Bless his brilliant smile and his laughter’s echo.
Bless his loving heart in all of its brokenness.
Amen, we say.

Then she circled round his friends.

Bless these men and women he so loved.
Bless each moment they shared.
Bless their tears and their laughter.
Bless this circle of unending love.
Amen, we say.

Then she bid them form a circle and join hands.

Bless us and all who have loved him.
Amen, we say.

Then they feasted on abalone and wine. They told stories.  Then they carried his ashes down to the sea he loved so  much.


About Ellespeth

I'm a poet. Sometimes I write stories and other nonsense. Ellespeth

14 comments on “Smudge Sticks and Abalone Shells – (Prompt 5 – Objects In This Room)

  1. Reblogged this on BalconyViewz and commented:

    Prompt Day 5…my attempt…visit https://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/ for today’s offerings from many gifted people. Ellespeth

  2. I just had to look up what an abalone was then I was back with you, great piece!

    • Thank you, Rosie. When my husband was younger, he would do abalone dives several times a year. I certainly am glad he stopped doing that before we met!

  3. You just reminded me of something. I should go visit my father’s grave. Thank you. This was a great piece well done.

  4. This was lovely, emotional and very good 🙂

  5. How deeply moving this was and so eloquently written. Thanks Ellespeth.

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