A coin for the passage 
A passage for a song
Charon takes payment
And ushers us along
A psychopomp his trade
As we sail past the glade
Through the lone eye
Our destination beyond
There are no more tears
No loved ones respond
The ferryman now paid
And Our fate
will not be delayed

©Vivian Zems

November Writing Prompts 

Sue Vincent’s Write Photo

Author’s Notes

1.Charon or Kharon is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. A coin to pay Charon for passage, usually an obolus or danake, was sometimes placed in or on the mouth of a dead person.

2. Psychopomps  are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife.

 

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