The Keys of the Kingdom

by Lynn White

The kingdom had so many keys,

keys to its doors,

keys to its gold,

keys to its time,

keys to its secrets.

Nothing moved without a key.

Everything was controlled.

Nothing was free.

Then came the Great War of the Keys

and the kingdom collapsed.

Its doors stayed open,

its secrets exposed.

Its gold melted away.

Its locks grew rusty.

Time stood still.

All it had valued 

rotted away,



into a heap

of useless keys.

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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 and has since appeared in several journals and anthologies. Poems have also recently been included in anthologies which include - Harbinger Asylum’s 'To Hold A Moment Still', Stacey Savage’s ‘We Are Poetry, an Anthology of Love poems’, Community Arts Ink’s ‘Reclaiming Our Voices’, Vagabond Press, ‘The Border Crossed Us’, ‘Civilised Beasts’ from Weasel Press, ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Silver birch Press and a number of on line and print journals.

Inspirational ImageThe Lost Keys by Rebecca Matthewsby Rebecca Matthews

Pieces Inspired by this Image

'To Ponder'
by Harmony Hodges

'The Chest'
by Christopher "Irish Goat" Knodel

'Key 428'
by Lynda Collins

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