Sheep Spine

Posted: July 4, 2015 in nature poems

This is for the Flash 55 Challenge @ – a poem of exactly 55 words ..

Life and death,
bleached on to this peaty moonscape.
Here it is elemental.
Moor and sun,
a harsh unforgiving beauty.
Knuckle on knuckle.
Each notch etched clear
in its whiteness.
No wool.
No flesh.
No muscle.
Picked clean.
Simplicity of structure in
the chaos of wilderness.
This is where it all ends.
Bone and earth.

  1. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Quite a powerful piece 🙂
    Well penned!

  2. I can see those bleached bones

  3. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Starkly beautiful. To me this has a bit of a Ted Hughes flavour (at his early best).

  4. Candy says:

    “Life and death ….. bone and earth” – Super from beginning to end!

  5. Rich Harvey says:

    How about a ‘Tweetem’, 140 characters (including spaces?)

  6. I see the harsh landscape, and the unforgiving desolation it can bring.. love word like peat and bones in the same poem

  7. Kerry O'Connor says:

    I like your piece very much – the sparse style creates a gritty picture of nature which puts me in mind of Ted Hughes’ work.

  8. Marian says:

    Peaty Moonscape! Argh, that is great.

  9. Mama Zen says:

    Outstanding 55!

  10. “the chaos of the wilderness” Love that. We are flesh just waiting for the call to become bone and earth.

  11. Kim Nelson says:

    You took me for a walk in the wilderness, and allowed me to encounter nature at her most raw and elemental. Highly efective!

  12. Brendan says:

    A 55 is the perfect scope for this encounter, so little so much — “simplicity of structure in / the chaos of wilderness.” A world exactly there. Fine work.

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