by Lynn White

The skull lies desolate

on the bare mountain side.

Lying among rocks and stones

with a few accompanying bones.

Each day it decays as nature weathers

it and destroys all its form and substance

so that it wastes away and fades into the landscape.

If it had come to rest lower down the mountain

it would have sunk into the boggy peat moss

and risen with hair and hide intact with,

the cause of death discernible, with

its last meal of grass or rabbit

still there inside its stomach.

Preserved by nature.

Preserved or wasted.

It all depends on

where you fall.

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Writers Bio

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem 'A Rose For Gaza' was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been published in recent anthologies including - Stacey Savage’s ‘We Are Poetry, an Anthology of Love poems’; Community Arts Ink’s ‘Reclaiming Our Voices’; Vagabond Press’s, ‘The Border Crossed Us’; ‘Degenerates - Voices For Peace’, ‘Civilised Beasts’ and ‘Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones’ from Weasel Press; ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Silver Birch Press, and many rather excellent  on line and print journals.

Inspirational ImageWasted by DM  Turnerby DM Turner

Pieces Inspired by this Image

'Silent Angel'
by Agnes Clarke

'Back Pasture'
by Sasha Kasoff

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