“Stone Ghosts” – A #ButterflyCinquain

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay

“Stone Ghosts”

stone ghosts
the false idols
of a treasonous past
dedicated to slavery
tokens of white supremacy
the darkness of death waits

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Today, I heard the phrase, “stone ghosts” and felt compelled to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard). The name resonated and touched a chord deep within my soul.

We’re at the pinnacle of a great change. I feel the ripples of hope flowing like waves across the land. Taste the salt of your tears, for the stone ghosts are falling. This American carnage will be defeated.

So Mote it be!

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. I hadn’t heard the term “stone ghosts” before.

    • It’s perfect in this context. ❤️

      • Yes, it is. I’ve been trying to think if New England has any of these stone ghosts. I’m sure we must, but I don’t know what they are.

        • Confederate statues only went as far north as Virginia?? I’m not sure. Good question. ❤️

          • The statue in your picture – the Robert E. Lee Monument – was erected in Charlottesville, Virginia. There’s a lot of Confederate statues in Virginia because that’s where the largest number of people were killed (both sides) and where the majority of the battles took place. I can tell you more about Confederate monuments and what different kinds mean, but I deleted my 800 word “summary” comment and decided to say “it’s complicated” and each statue should be researched before a decision is reached.

          • I respect your opinion on these historical sites, Dr. G. I do know the entire subject is touchy to say the least. I literally took the phrase, “stone ghosts” and let my heart speak the words in poetic thoughts. I grabbed the first statue I could find from Pixabay, with no other intent except to represent the Confederacy in its entirety. I do believe the stone ghosts of our past should be placed in museums, but that starts getting into the political aspects of the subject. <3

          • I expect the answer will come to light at some point in the future.

  2. So mote it be! And would you believe I’m watching a short documentary on ‘Stone ghosts’ as I read this! <3 Jinx! xx

  3. Love the eerie undertone

    • I’m thrilled you picked up on that. It’s beyond me how a bunch of traitors to our constitution have been honored for so long. It’s time to move on and heal as a country. ❤️

  4. Very apt, Colleen! 🙂

  5. Stone ghosts is a wonderful phrase. I hadn’t heard it before. Nicely done, Colleen.

  6. Colleen, this is so nailing it! I love the word stone ghosts!

  7. We have many ghosts to face and exorcise. Stone ghosts is very evocative. (K)

  8. Very appropriate phrase for a stone cold hearted time in history..xx♥

  9. “stone ghosts” so apt and daunting, Colleen.

  10. Shudder to think, what we think about those behind the “stone ghosts” – fine job dear Sister!

  11. We need to remember the past and learn from it. We do not have to honor false idols of stone or otherwise.
    Just read that a Ball Team is changing it’s name possibly to Red Hawks…

    Respect is a two way street. We need to help those in need, but not be continually blamed for those who may or may not have been our ancestors. What was common or acceptable in one time does not have to carry over especially if it is just plain wrong.

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