Washed Up by Lynn White

So many dead people

caught in the crossfire

created by the the money men,

the arms traders,

the super ego-ed politicians.

They lie dead where they fell.

Flesh and blood transformed to

fertilizer to nurture the seeds

and grow the crops, in a future

they will not see.

Their bones decaying to dust

to form the building blocks

of homes they will never inhabit.

Dying where they fell,

over there, not here

and not looking like us.

Unseen or soon forgotten

by us here.


But the dead washed up

on holiday beaches

look like our flesh and blood.

They’re wearing our clothes.

They’re washing up to haunt us

in the Old World.

Then there’s the living,

washed up alive

and by any means necessary

moving on to bear witness,

if any one is listening.

To bring the horror home

to those who created it

in the Old World.

Bringing it home to the Old World,

but not as yet to the New.


First published in Whirlwind, 2015

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.

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