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Monday, 3 January 2022

Lines on a Skull by Ravi Shankar

(Haiku Erasure of Lord Byron’s “Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed from a Skull”)

Start spirit; behold
the skull. A living head loved
earth. My bones resign

the worm, lips to hold
sparkling grape’s slimy circle,
shape of reptile’s food.

Where wit shone of shine,
when our brains are substitute,
like me, with the dead,

life’s little, our heads
sad. Redeemed and wasting clay
this chance. Be of use.

From: https://poets.org/poem/lines-skull

Date: 2012

By: Ravi Shankar (1975- )