Poetry by Lynn White: Dandelion Seed, End of the Season, and In the End

Dandelion Seed

There’s a dandelion seed
caught in your hair.
A fluffy wisp of white and grey
hanging there,
suspended
in your frothy crown.
A shimmering seed held
like a star in a wiry halo
made by the light.

Blow it away.

Perhaps you will,
if I tell you it’s there.

Blow it away.

But it looks so beautiful
suspended there.
I won’t tell you.
I’ll just admire it’s beauty
as it hangs
in your hair.

Blow it away.

No, I won’t.
It will leave soon enough.
Best not to rush these things.
Who knows where
they will end up

after all.

 

End of the Season
The season of wrinkles
and over ripeness
has arrived
too soon.
Shriveled buds.
Fruits bursting open,
their seeds drying out,
beginning to crinkle
and wrinkle.
Beginning to split
and break.
Beginning to moulder
and dribble with damp.
Their past spring
a distant dream.
Or not remembered at all.
Faded
away
like the fresh shoots
of hopeful green growth.

Even the memories of the
florid, blowzy summer’s blooms
are fading.
Fading fast
and faster.

Perhaps this season of dry
dampness
has been here a while
and I haven’t noticed.
It’s been approaching
a long time.
Slow at first
imperceptible.
Speeding up, then
quickening.
But still
imperceptible
almost
unnoticeable
as everything
slows down
quickly.
So quickly
now.

I think that winter has arrived.
Darkness returned.
The season is over,
finished
lost
beyond returning.

 

In The End

In the end
I’ll be like you.
Dust with
flakes of skin and bone
wrapped in long hair.
Teeth chattering
With no voice.
No sense of taste
or smell.
No reason.
In the end
we’ll be invisible,
impenetrable,
anonymous,
figments.
But then, we always were
you and I,
we always were.

 

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 widely published, in recent anthologies such as – ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Silver Birch Press, ‘The Border Crossed Us’ from Vagabond Press and ‘Selfhood’ from Trancendence Zero – and journals such as Apogee, Firewords Quarterly, Guide To Kulchur, Indie Soleil, Midnight Circus and Snapdragon as well as many other online and print publications. Find Lynn on Facebook or her blog at: lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com.
“Dandelion Seed” was first published by Harbinger Asylum, To Hold A Moment Still Anthology, December, 2014
“End of the Season” was first published in Writers Ezine, December 2015
“In the End” was first published in In Flight Magazine, Paper Plane Pilots, January 2015
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