Invertebrates – Author Candace Meredith


Nylon sheathe,

or a golden crinkle, a hue

of metallic, reflective,

turquoise – brittle

as the dust off bone.


An elk died there.

The beetle, sheltered in

Its carcass, an inch deep

between the coolness of mud

and the hot, dry, shell


of the beetles. It’s home.

It’s May – the heat still

permeates the dry, naked

bone. The beetles don’t

know the difference.


The do fly, the beetles.

But clumsily, and haphazard

as the elk had been when

he, perhaps she, waded across

the water, clumsily and broke

its leg. A lone beetle,

and then the rest came.


© Candace Meredith


Excerpt from the book Contemplation

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Candace Meredith About the Author

Candace Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in the spring of 2008. Her works of poetry, photography and fiction have appeared in literary journals Bittersweet, Backbone Mountain Review, Anthology 17, Greensilk Journal and The Broadkill Review.  She currently works as a Freelance Editor for an online publishing company and has earned her Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) from West Virginia University. Her first effort in writing a collaborative children’s book is a progress in the making and Candace anticipates seeing completion of the book in 2017.

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