North Norfolk Mammoth

At the feet of crumbling cliffs / Norfolk juts its chin at the North Sea

Below sand and gravel / stubborn and defiant as Canute

Deposited by glaciers / in the flattened landscape

Over a million years ago / from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth

Lies a cache of fossils / dominated by waves

Where a storm exposed / washing and wearing

Enormous bones / bleaching and baring

A male Steppe Mammoth / an ancient soul


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

The West Runton Mammoth died approx. 700,000 years ago; discovered and excavated between 1990 and 1995, it is now on display  in Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.



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