“I saw the dead bird
on the ground
and then I saw your teeth
one by one
her bones broke”
– Nightshade Purplebroom- Anubis
“I wrap you in a black shroud,
A shroud of our mother
I wrap you in black,
to protect your body and spirit
I wrap in you in the arms of the mother
I wrap you in Hekate’s cloak
I wrap you in the shroud of the ever after”
I hold the bird in the shroud in my hands and silently send the spirit on.
The bird is buried at the crossroads, or in the soil near a tree. As the body decomposes, the nutrients and nitrogen released from the body will feed the soil and any plants growing near it.
I bury the body with a small toke like a coin, or key, and on my return home I burn myrrh and frankincense.
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