Of How I Bit Back

“Death doesn’t frighten me. It’s what comes after. [Besides, some of my best friends are dead, and they hunger for stories].” ~ Terry Pratchett [and me]


My world remains full
of what you left me—bones
on my altar, books and stones,
the calaveras that grinned on my handfasting
cake (you weren’t here for that)

I miss you…

There are new things
on my altar and living—hearts
from friends, a bird skull
whose flesh and feathers fly
to you (its grin and bone
stay with me)

I miss you…

Newest, on my altar, wild offerings
for you—peanuts and (not so shiny) metal gifts
from a blue jay, leaves and petals and lavender
and rosemary from a witch made of gentle fire,
a shot of spirits (I will never forget)

I miss you…

The world remains full of what you left me, but
there are new things on my altar and living—
life bit, bit, bit… chunks out of my chest, but
I’m fighting, fighting, fighting back…

next year, when The Veil thins
again, when Soul and Flesh get to glimpse
into each other’s mirrors, I’ll share new
stories, Little Brother, of how I bit back,
of how I won, of how I’ll always remember

I miss you…


the wee notes…
– last night, I spent a considerable amount of time cleaning the altar where I keep my Little Brother’s ashes, listening to his favorite music, speaking the tales of everything of importance (or trivial but humorous) that has happened to me this year. It’s how I’ve celebrated the life of my Dead for as long as I can remember, how I will add to their memory for a long as I breathe.


Death Rites and Remembrances (Witches in Fiction 2015)

“My words taste of you
I await the fall,
when October thins
all barriers,
and you feel me, still

loving you through the Veil.”

Welcome to Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances.

This year, we are using fiction, crafts, poetry, sculptures, painting, myths, and a slice of life or three to celebrate the memories of loved ones who no longer dance in the world of the living.

The journey started with “‘Til Death”, a painting by Sunshine Shelle. You saw the work in progress in the first pre-party post; now you get to witness the magic of the finished piece. For the chance to win “‘Till Death”, a customized painting by Shelle, and/or a $20 voucher, fly over to “Loving You through the Veil” and enter the first Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaway.
1. Til Death, by Sunshine Shelle
The celebration was carried forward by Three Cats and a Broom, in the shape of Davide Corsi’s The Ghost Tarot; read Shaking It and Twisting It until It Says Yes, to enter the giveaway.
2. The Ghost Tarot, from Three Cats and a Broom

No remembrance event would be quite complete without a graveyard. So please follow the link to “A Rattle and a Wee Book on Her Grave”, for a chance to win the Gothic Miniatures’ handmade book that inspired the tale with the graveyard in it.
3. Graveyard Mini Book, by Gothic Miniatures

At the heart of Death Rites and Remembrances, Eliora’s Loved One Honoring Ritual Chest planted the seed that sprouted a poem of “Love, Death, [and] Memories”. Losing someone we love hurts, regardless of circumstances… Eliora’s giveaway offers gentle soothing for the soul.
4. Ancestor - Loved One Honoring Ritual Chest, by Eliora

Speaking of soothing, Alchemy & Ashes’ giveaway contains Salem Village Cider Soap and a Spiced Orange Lip Balm, which should offer needed calm… while we “Remember the Witches”.
5. Handmade Soap and Lip Balm, by Alchemy and Ashes

The sixth (and last) Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaway is a virtual basket put together by Magic Love Crow, Rhissanna, Touch of the Goddess, and the Wickedest Witchy Writer of Them All (yes, moi). Just open the door to my previous post, to delight in Seven Dark Haiku and a Basket Full of Yum.

“Evermore” (detail), by Magic Love Crow
6. Evermore, by Magic Love Crow (detail)

“Skull Tea Set”, by Rhissanna
7. Skull Tea Set, by Rhissanna

“Clean and Clear Smudging Mist”, by Touch of the Goddess
8. Clean and Clear Smudging Mist, by Touch of the Goddess

From Magaly Guerrero:
~ a $31 credit for any of the shops sponsoring the party
~ an e-copy of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories
~ an e-copy of Thorn in Red
~ and, an e-copy of Blooming Howls
9. Books, by Magaly Guerrero

Instructions for the Wicked darling Partiers

Please leave me a comment sharing your thoughts about this post or about what this year’s party did (or is doing) for you. At the end of the comment, add the title of your post and the direct link to it (for an example of what I mean, read the first comment). Every couple of hours (while I’m awake), I will add your posts to the Party List as you leave the direct links at the end of your comments. This will become the party archive.

Party List:
– Magaly Guerrero – Death Rites and Remembrances (Witches in Fiction 2015)
– Olde Baggs n’ Stuft Shirts (Oma Linda) – Death Rites and Remembrances…
– Kestril’s Rhythms and Groove (Rommy) – “Rosemary
– Little Gothic Horrors – Witches in Fiction: Death Rites and Remembrances
– Catch a Fire (Sarah) – Death Rites & Remembrance: Witches in Fiction 2015
– Verse Escape (Hedgewitch) – “The Eclipsed
– Diary of Bones (Bones, aka Katy Magee) – bits of death, as remembrances
– Dreaming of Rosemary (Georgina) – Death rites and remembrances – Witches in fiction
– Daydream Believer (Gina) – Witches in fiction 2015 ~ Death Rites and Remembrance…
– Rhissanna – Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances
– Sunshine Shelle – Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances…
– She Who Seeks – Witches in Fiction 2015 — Death Rites and Remembrances
– Notes from the Underground (Ashtoreth) – Dancing with the dead
– Pen and Feather (Sharon) – “Just Not Today” for Witches in Fiction 2015
– Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility (Esther) – “Tiny Beads of Magic Dust
– Gypsy Spirit Rising (Holly) – Witches In Fiction 2015 ~ Death Rites & Remembrances
– Ms Misantropia – Witches in Fiction: Death rites and remembrances
– LeeSmithBlog (Witchyy) – Flirting with Death
– Rue & Hyssop (Rue) – Death Rites and Remembrances: My Grandfather’s Music
– The Scrawler’s Wall (Ben) – Witches in Fiction 2015: “Sunday Ritual”

Witches in Fiction 2015... Death Rites and Remembrances
Thanks so much for participating in Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances. Do visit the Wicked darling Partiers who chose to add their touch, time and thoughts to this event. The experience has already been extra rewarding for me… I wish, I wish, I wish the very same for you.

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'Til Death, by Sunshine Shelle (Detail)

“‘Til Death”, by Sunshine Shelle (detail)