Severed By Fern G. Z. Carr

worms squirm

through eye sockets

and nasal cavities,



on left-over strips

of putrefied flesh

hanging spaghetti-like

from the cranium

of a severed skull,

mandible agape

frozen in an eternal

muted scream –

a skull,




from its former body

bound and found

in a different part

of the woods


Fern G. Z. Carr is a former lawyer, teacher and past President of both the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Project Literacy Kelowna Society.

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