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    The Bone Woman

    by David Knape

    She searches for bones of the dead
    for skeletons of ancient ancestors
    and family forebears
    trying to connect
    the present with the past

    Her days spent in reams of
    records,deeds,and census dates
    searching for clues that might bind
    one name to another
    a person to a family
    a place to a beginning
    or to an end

    The hints are ever so subtle
    secrets bound up in flowery
    hard to read script
    woven as delicate as embroidery
    deciphered from yellowed pages
    buried in basement bins

    She studies the fine print of books
    and files, rows and columns
    ever in tedious labor
    a passion to solve riddles in her nature
    a drive to finding the obscure

    Down dead ends and dark alleys
    she travels alone, unafraid
    finding pieces one by one
    her only light a candle
    her glimmer of hope

    She is the bone woman
    digging through hiddenhistory
    combing through graveyards
    searching for her past
    She is
    the master of puzzles
    the seeker of buried bones.


    © d.knape

    March 12, 2013
    More "Once Upon A Line" - Light verse and poetry by d.knape
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