So it is no surprise to see that Tess at Magpie Tales has chosen a photograph of a tombstone for her prompt today, nor will it be a surprise that I've chosen to play with its colours before writing the following tanka, in suitably lugubrious vein. Even a Jinksy clown has serious moments.
at the dying of the year
those dead in battles
long since past, in far off lands -
but closer to home, this day.