Poem: Quadrille – “The Catacombs” #amwriting #poetry #dVerse

Thanks to Paul Scribbles for hosting the ‘underground’ poem prompt theme for this week.


Credit: Paris Trip Adviser


In catacombs roaming, 

Creature of the dark decay. 

Sun burns flesh from bones, 

Igniting funeral pyres. 

We all must wander, 
I choose the catacombs;

Underground inhaling,

Dust of rotting flesh. 

Piercing tranquility, 

Screams of dead long past. 

Lullabys send us to bed,

Before yellow sapphire rises. 

Waiting for pitch coal;

Good becomes evil too easily. 

©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 

7 thoughts on “Poem: Quadrille – “The Catacombs” #amwriting #poetry #dVerse

  1. Joy Pixley May 26, 2017 / 6:46 am

    Oo, spooky poem for a spooky place! I’ve been there, and it really is ominous.

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    • mandibelle16 May 26, 2017 / 10:38 am

      I would like to visit there Paris, France above ground mostly lol. But I have read about the catacombs in Paris and I looked at a lot pictures choosing this one out. I know perhaps their system of burial is different there or was, but all the patterns and stacks of skulls and bones are creepy. Who has the job of making designs from bones? That’s a terrible job lol.

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      • Joy Pixley May 27, 2017 / 7:18 am

        Well, they had the problem of having a huge number of deaths in a large urban center with nowhere near enough free land for graveyards — it’s not an uncommon solution to put the bones in underground storage. This is just a LOT of them. I think they put them in neatly stacked patterns like that because it looks more ordered and I would say more respectful than the alternative: random piles — lots and lots of piles — of human bones. But yeah, still creepy

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      • mandibelle16 May 27, 2017 / 9:38 pm

        You’re right the piles are better than the randomness. I never thought of that, it’s greater respect than being thrown in a pile. Interesting place, creepiness aside , it’s on my Paris to see list 🙂

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  2. paul scribbles May 26, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Great response to the prompt. Shame you missed the link up deadline. Feel free to drop into the bar at dVerse anytime.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 May 26, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Yeah, I tried to add it to Mr.Linky last night but it was too late. I just started with the dVerse prompts this week. It’s nice to have some more variety , especially for poetry. I did the quadrille prompt on the weekend and now this one, so hopefully, I can do a couple each week. Glad you liked this 🙂


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