The Dead Cat

We were three girls

playing in the yard

hidden in the back of the apartments

The older girl

told us about a buried dead cat

— memories broken and scattered

but I do remember

we unburied it

there sitting in the dirt

the image of her holding

the dead cat in the air

is hard to forget

she scared us

by telling us stories

of how the cat will haunt us

we reburied the cat

the older girl said a prayer

to ward off evil spirits

I had nightmares

for a while until I stopped

believing in ghosts

 

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