Eyes Wide Open

New Zealand

Hi, I'm Ella. Just a seventeen-year-old girl trying to make sense of the world through words.

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February 1, 2019


Sheep look like maggots
standing there, clumped, mindless -
gorging on the carcass of the land.
Limestone, like jagged shards of bone
bleached and broken, emerging through
landslides of decaying flesh.
There are holes here, valleys,
Underneath, the land rots.
s a g s.
water drips through rock veins,
the rocks pressing d o w n.
There are things down here that grow from death;
parasites, feasting
on the decay.
And the sheep stand there, 
dead eyed on cliff-tops
as this carcass r o t s beneath my feet.
Written while driving through Waitomo, New Zealand.


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  • Johanna

    This is so stunning- love the imagery and the way you made the words wider!

    over 2 years ago
  • N.

    This is such a fascinating piece... and I love how you took something most associate with cuteness/positive thoughts I guess? (sheep) and made them seem, well, disgusting. Great job!

    over 2 years ago
  • majestically awkward manatee

    Wow. This is just insane. I love how powerful, yet simple this is. Beautiful <3

    over 2 years ago
  • Charlotte._

    Woah I love this so much. I will never look at Waitomo the same again

    over 2 years ago
  • paperbird

    this is beautiful. i love this kind of poetry and your visuals—putting words l i k e t h i s and the italics—are masterfully placed and chosen. well done!!

    over 2 years ago