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Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)


Washed Ashore In Ages Past


two weeks later a leg
washed ashore
to be buried at
Charleston cemetery
New Zealand

to be buried as
presumably
the partial remains
of an ancestor
who drowned

needlessly
while attempting
to tow a schooner
through narrow
tidal rocky entrance

heroic rescue
of drowning man
none attempted
doomed to failure
a life lost legend

a drowned memory
leg of lost meaning
half history forgotten
until this brief epitaph
to family I do restore


Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Submitted: Saturday, January 08, 2011
Edited: Friday, April 15, 2011
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