Down in the graveyard,
Behind my grandpa’s stone,
I saw a glint in the eye of a demon.
His teeth white under the moon,
He tuned a fiddle of bleached bone
Strung with fresh sinew
And I asked the demon
“Did you know my grandpa?
When you think of him, does your fiddle whine?”
And he said, “No, I didn’t know the man.
I didn’t know his smile,
Or the sour notes that rode his breath as he praised you.
I know only that this headstone
—reaching as it does for falling stars—
Casts the deepest shadows over the rest.”
With a sigh, the demon ran his bow across taut flesh
And it hissed,
And sent ravens into the sky.