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The poet imagines fishermen nets to be a  gossamer web that traps the beauty of clouds. It also becomes symbolic of the ephemeral cycle of life and death.

I associated them with terraced houses
to protect from the gaze of passers-by,
or suburban semis
occupied by those who had moved on
taking the old tradition with them.
I did not expect to find them
hanging on the beach.
No fishermen’s nets these,
but the finest gossamer
like a spider’s web
the beach life in a mist
like fallen clouds,
shrouding it
in life
and death.


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 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. You can find Lynn on and

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