Posted in 28 Days of Unreason, Poetry

Learn the Language

After they were gone
the anniversary song
of the day they’d wed
soon came along

They met at the appointed spot
to share a dance, neither forgot

With dangly limbs and bony nibs
they soon found that they’d
locked their cagey ribs
and so it seemed he forgot to lead
went for a dip but got only kneed

They faltered and soon fell to giggles
but lacking in fat or skin that jiggles

They stepped on feet and clacked their heads
jaw bones rattled —
no apologies said

for by now you’ll know that when they still
drank tea, ate jam and bread
they’d failed, quite failed
to study hard;
to learn the Language
the Dead.

© Jilly & Silly Jilly  All Rights Reserved

Couldn’t resist a Silly Jilly for this one! Enjoy, have fun and have a listen to the Sound Cloud, which always seems necessary when Silly Jilly is around 😉


for Day 15 of 28 Days of Unreason

“I’ve spent a lifetime
trying to learn the language of the dead”
~ Jim Harrison from Sister in  Songs of Unreason


A wild soul writing poetry.

20 thoughts on “Learn the Language

  1. Love is a dead language? Not at all! This, while being classic “Silly Jilly,” smacks of being a real love story. The kind that goes beyond mere romance. This is about a couple that continues the dance despite missteps and mishaps. The sound cloud is your usual brilliance, Jilly!

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  2. “ain’t no sin to take off your skin. And dance around in your bones.”
    Oh I never thought to do a dance macabre with this prompt – a jolly good rattling pair here celebrating the anniversary. I especially liked them still taking tea
    p.s. On that lighter note, you speak well!

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    1. Thanks! Haven’t heard that Tom Waits song in ages – need to go listen to it now 🙂
      And thank you for your kind comment on the audio! My undergrad work was in Communications – Public and Personal (with a kick of Psych to go along), so I’ve spent a lifetime helping others surmount that greatest of fears: public speaking.


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