WALTZ OF THE SKELETONS

A/N: Inspired by "Fossiles" (Camille Saint-Saëns).

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The bell tolls – it is midnight.

Bones creak and clatter;

Teeth grind and chatter

As skeletons climb into sight.

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They leave their tight coffins

A stiff knee buckles

Crackle of knuckles

Rubbing of thin bony shins.

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The cemetery is a-dancing:

Hellish hollow head

Waltz of the dead;

Such clicking and prancing!

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The bell tolls – it is dawn.

The skeletons start;

They need to part.

In their beds, mortals yawn.

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