Loss & Other Poetry by Lynn White

To What We Lost – Lynn White

Lynn White gracefully takes us through scenes of grief. They are so intricately and beautifully told that you will want to be sure to read each and every poem.


The door was unexpectedly locked.

He found an open window

and climbed in.

He found her


on the bathroom floor.

He tried to revive her

but she was already


“I’m sorry for your loss,” they said

but the greatest loss was hers,

the one who was


He knew then that irony

was still alive.


All those lost souls wandering sadly

in the space of their imaginations.

Where are they?

I can’t find them,

can’t help them.

All those lost socks swallowed.

by the washing machine.

Eaten up


Where are they?


but I can’t find them.

All those lost words tumbling

through the dictionary.

Sometimes I find a few

and catch them

hold them,

write them down.

Then, sometimes

a few more find me

and I grab them too

and rearrange them all.

Sometimes they are worth reading

found and picked up for keeping.

First published in Silver Apples Issue 9, People We Left Behind, 2017

To The Passing Of The Nightingale

Where are the songs of spring?

Where are they?

Well, Mr K,

they are harder to find

than they were in your day.

Gone with the nightingale,

Gone with the meadows,

the hedgerows,

the woods,

The habitats lost,


Destroyed like the food

that people call pests.


Predated by farmers,

one way or another,

the countryside’s guardians,

that’s what they say.

The spring singing has ended,

almost over and done.

Aye, you might well ask, Mr K

The singing is not as it was

in your day.

First published in Anti Heroin Chic, August 2017


 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 and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Light Journal and So It Goes.

Follow: Find Lynn at: https://lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-White-Poetry-1603675983213077/

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