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I now know for sure that
someone was here before me
in this vast desolate place.
I thought I was the first,
the first to climb
this high,
the first to venture
into the vast space,
into the unknown.
I had thought I was the first.
I would have continued
to think
that I was the first
if I hadn’t found the cairn.
Found the rocks carefully stacked
by someone to mark the path,
built by someone to show
the way to be taken.
Perhaps it was last week.
Perhaps it was millennia ago.
The cairn will know.
But me?
I only know
that I was not the first
to walk this way.


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 is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition. This and many other poems, have been widely published in anthologies and journals such as Vagabond Press, Apogee, Firewords, Indie Soleil, Light Journal and Snapdragon.

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