Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Spiraling - 3.24 #sol20 Story Challenge

Monday morning, I finished reading Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby. As a novel, it's simultaneously harrowing and uplifting. It's also a ghost story, in part.

Monday afternoon, I went walking in search of ghosts. Unsurprisingly, I ended up in a cemetery. I paused at this gravestone.

I wondered about this man who died at age 86 in 1918, the first year of the so-called Spanish flu. William, did a virus claim you, too?

On my return home, a helicopter hovered overhead. I don't know why. I observed how my thoughts that had skewed morbid, now shifted paranoid.

Monday night, I visited NPR's Tiny Desk. The first song of the latest small-scale concert featured these lyrics: "My girl, give a smile when the pain comes; pain, the only thing that'll make it all right. She says she talks to angels."

Which whirls me back to one of the main character in Thirteen Doorways, Pearl, a girl who does smile through pain and at times talks to an angel.

5 comments:

  1. Interesting combination of events, Brian. I used to love to roam cemeteries when college age. Go fogure?

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  2. This so reminded me of Spoon River Anthology! Edgar Lee Masters in 1915 wrote epitaphs of somewhat fictional dead people from their perspective as they looked back on their lives. I love "George Gray" and hadn't thought about it in years. Spooky post!
    https://poets.org/poem/george-gray

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  3. I do feel like this YA dystopian world we're living in creates the spirals you mentioned. Be them helicopters above our heads, or headstone dates that correspond to current events. I do love ghost stories so will give your book suggestion a try...but I might stay out of the cemetery that day so I don't spiral.

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  4. Ooh - must add this to my (ever-growing) list. You mentioned it yesterday, I think, and this second mention piques my interest even more. I wonder, too, about William Baker. Spanish influenza? hmmm...

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