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Monday, 11 February 2013

Raising the White Rose

Under the tarmac
in a car park
in Leicester,
the unresting-place
of a hero or monster;
medievally evil
or misrepresented:
deformed and despised
or well loved and splendid?

Some skeleton facts
pulled out of the ground:
that snake-twisted spine
and those venomous wounds
but fleshier questions
can never be answered
by bare beaten bones
from a car park
in Leicester.

© Gwen Seabourne

Hebog Tramor is a Professor at a UK University, researching medieval legal history and writing the odd poem.


  1. Those fleshier questions are the ones that bother me too Gwen. I like the way you pose this in an either/or format. I wonder if we'll ever know the truth. When I wrote my own poem here back in September I too left a question hanging, which still remains to be answered.

    Here's the link:

  2. Really lovely rhythm!

  3. A brilliant write, enjoy this!