Of Death in the Dark

I’m welcoming October with a bit of flash fiction with death in it. Since trees around these parts are celebrating the month by letting their leaves fall to their color-filled death, I thought it would be only proper to celebrate the autumnal end, which ensures a new beginning in spring.

“Of Death in the Dark”

Sitting by the fire, he asks Santa Muerte, “Would you October me strange?”

She says, “Crows whisper of death in the dark, a poet listens and howls of love alive.”

“Crows are cruel creatures, my lady.”

“No, crows are wise… poets valuable. Man’s a fool. Roasted fools taste so good!”

He tries ignoring the flames.

the wee notes…

– Linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads (Flash 55 Plus).
Happy October, my Wicked Luvs!
– Yes, this one birthed a healthy giggle out of me (plus a cackle or three).

And these are the Poem Bits that inspired the wee tale:




Of Hekate in the Fall

When mountains pull autumn out of the closet
and dandelions offer summer’s last wish,
Hekate readies her torches for the fall.

Before trees bare their limbs for winter
and holly berries blush thinking of snow,
Hekate watches Persephone’s path

into the Underworld.

While Demeter mourns her daughter’s absence
and Hades delights in his wife’s safe return,
Hekate charms pines into greening

until spring sprouts once more.

the wee notes…
– Greek Mythology says that Hekate is the goddess of the crossroads, witchcraft, ghosts… In the myth of Persephone and Demeter, Hekate helps Demeter search for Persephone after Hades takes the latter into the Underworld. The idea of Hekate as a sidekick is a bit outrageous. I make myself feel less silly by suggesting that in the myth that returns spring to the world, Hekate is important but not the main character. So please note that mythology suggests nothing (that I know of) about Hekate watching Persephone’s journey into the Underworld or charming pines. These are just my muse’s imaginings for Rommy’s prompt, at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Sidekicks in the Spotlight: “take a peripheral or sidekick character… and give them a voice.”
– Linked to Poets United: Midweek Motif ~ Equinox, Equator

And if you are celebrating, like moi, have the best Autumnal Equinox
(or Verna Equinox, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere)
May Hekate’s torches shine bright, while we are playing in the dark

hecate-by-lisa-im-laerm“Hecate”, by Lisa-Im-Laerm