Bell, Book, and Candle

We met on the moon
they told our story

sang a twisted tune
and sought satori

with mottled words
and ruined phrases

with one eye shut
they turned the pages

and got sidetracked
in fables penned

their candles

burning
to the end

bells
ring

#WriteMap 093

The phrase “bell, book, and candle” refers to a Latin Christian method of excommunication by anathema, imposed on a person who had committed an exceptionally grievous sin.

Sharing with dVerse Quadrille Monday where Merril asks us to write a 44-word poem with the prompt word: track

Originally tweeted by Tricia (@triciasankey) on October 3, 2022.

Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

49 thoughts on “Bell, Book, and Candle

  1. Love the way you incorporated the essence of Bell book and candle in your piece here Tricia. Well written, bravo!

    1. Thanks, Priscilla! I found the ritual interesting for the history of excommunication, because I think it’s more associated with witchcraft these days. Glad you enjoyed it! 💓

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