Ragtag Daily Prompt: Pandemonium

As the funeral cortege exited the great Cathedral, honor guards with their long pikes were stationed along the route to the Chapel of Pulchritudo Vincula, where all the late kings were entombed. The coffin, made of oak and painted black, was placed on a caisson, and six white horses with black feathered plumes on their heads, pulled the sad cargo. Unfortunately, nobody bothered to inspect the caisson beforehand, and about halfway through its route, a wheel fell off, causing the coffin to come crashing down onto the street. Pandemonium erupted as the onlookers rushed to the spot in order to gather a momento of the occassion- a splinter from the outer coffin, a plume from one of the horses.

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

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