Photo Challenge #181- In Death


Image: Mark Harless

When they found, her she was face down in the stream.

Flowers were sprouting from her shoulders.

Many said it was justice

Others bemoaned her fate.

There had to be circumstances they said

No one just dies at the water’s edge.

No lies there and allows the plants to invade.

Her body preserved by some unknown means,

Many seeing her thought she was sacred,

So, they dropped to their knees in prayer.

While others thought something sinister was going on.

Her body pure and wholesome forever

Belying a history of abuse

In death, she had found solace

One with nature, resting peacefully.


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16 Responses to Photo Challenge #181- In Death

  1. Oh Michael, I liked this tremendously.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    This is so beautiful, I love it!

  3. Reena Saxena says:

    Abuse kills, while the person is still alive …..

  4. Oh…this one speaks for many tortured souls…beautifully said!

  5. Lovely take on the photo 🙂

  6. mandibelle16 says:

    Beautiful and interesting take. Actually it would be quite scary to find a corpse with flowers growing through it perfectly preserved. But once you got used to it and saw she peacefully slept, I think it would be like being in a sacred place. Well written 🙂

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