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The Skull


She’ll speak to the dead with her head on one side,
Punctuate conversations with the roll of her eyes,
For jokes loose their bite once the dust takes my teeth
And laughter is dry without a tongue or lips and speech.

Watch the cracks for my mind and I have long fell out,
We were in for a while but overdue another bout
Any apologies would be useless in this little war
The maggots will mean the argument is lost for sure.

Once the stone grows too cold she will bore of my grin
But don’t put my skull back where I lie straight and thin
Up here is a sun to bleach the old bones white
And a silver sheen smile beneath the evening starlight

My nerves frayed to cobwebs and caught the last draft
I won’t feel the heat or ice like I did before in a past
With dark empty sockets I’m staring on blind
But it’s better than rotting satin and myself for all time.

But while you perch on my name you may chatter on
Tell me of those who remained after my coffin was gone
If they became neighbours or settled elsewhere?
And have I mentioned, I only died just over there?



Credits to Ratgirlstudios for her piece ‘Talking With the Dead’

Link to her Tumblr

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. MonLoupGarou says

    So macabre, in an almost cheerful sort of way! Nice to see you’re in a good mood.
    I absolutely love the drawing that inspired you 😮

      • MonLoupGarou says

        It is certainly wonderful! And oddly enough reading your delightfully dark pieces tends to cheer me up.

          • MonLoupGarou says

            I thought you would. And yes, I have! So much poetry! So poetic!Some companion artwork for Hollow Out My Heart, and The Shadow would be great… Hint hint…

            • Slave driver! I shall do my best, prehaps I shall have some time tomorow, but after that I probably will be painting. Mother has large amounts of redecorating she wants done. But I complain not!

              • MonLoupGarou says

                A commendable effort on your part! I may soon following your admirable example in helping with some tiling. I eagerly await your next artistic endeavour.

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