Death’s Dominion (found)

My reponse to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Writing Prompt: Tarot: Major Arcana: Death

For this prompt I have used Dylan Thomas’s poem ‘And death shall have no dominion’ as the material for a found poem.


Death’s dominion is the naked dead;

He places stars at foot and head

And picks their bones to use again,

Giving hope to the mad and insane.

On the seabed, drowned sailors crack and break,

Scattering bubbles in their wake

As they rise to the surface, to the waves and the wind,

Blown onto rocks for mermaids to find

Below sobbing gulls and clouds of lead;

Dominion of the ocean’s dead.

On land, in graveyards silvered by daisies,

Death hammers nails in coffins like crazy,

Waiting for a break in the laughing sun

To let night in and get his work done:

Releasing souls for renewed inception

In the sanity of death’s dominion.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Deaths Dominion

image © Dab lur art on deviantart

4 thoughts on “Death’s Dominion (found)

  1. Hi Kim 🙂 thanks for sharing your response to the writing prompt this week 🙂

    This is a very interesting approach to the prompt – and you’ve handled it very well. I like the way you’ve sourced the inspiration, and taken it to a new level. The interplay or action between Dylan’s piece and what you’ve created is fascinating – and well done.

    I’m not a huge poetry reader, so I searched out the original and really appreciate how you’ve interpreted and expanded (as well as contracted – for as strange as that sounds) Dylan’s piece. Interpreting and expanding/exploring the ideas associated with the Tarot card very well – this piece certainly rolls off the tongue and through the mind with ease and grace – and yet offers thoughts for consideration.

    Very exciting and dynamic 🙂

    Have a great weekend 🙂

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