Broken by Lynn White

Why does this remind me of Melville’s Captain Ahab?

Ephemeral Elegies

The crack became a slash

almost splitting her in two.

She could have sought help,

could have driven to heal it,

But after a while she quite liked it.

It had become part of her

and she felt it became her

and who knew what would emerge 

to wriggle 

and squeeze

though the gap.

*First published in The Drabble, May 2021*

Photo by Thiago Matos on

About the Poet:

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. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Light Journal…

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