17.12.06

Fasti V: 421-44





ritus erit veteris, nocturna Lemuria, sacri:
inferias tacitis manibus illa dabunt


May
Ghost feast
Lemuria

make offerings
to all the ghosts
at midnight

when dogs
& cocks
are fast asleep

walk barefoot
thumb
pressed through

your fingers
warding off
the hungry dead

wash your hands
in pure spring water
turn

& throw
black beans
away

9 x
face averted
say

I cleanse my house
the shade
walking behind you

wash your hands
again
& ring

a bell
9 x
ask all souls

to leave your house
go away
ghost elders

go


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