Treasure Island

Mark R Slaughter

Biography of Mark R Slaughter

Mark R. Slaughter is a biological scientist who took up poetry to challenge his written skills. He has undertaken numerous commissions and collaborative projects (see his website Poem Crypt for more details) , including 'Liquid Rooms' for orchestra and soprano by the Danish composer Karsten Fundal(to be performed on October 3,2014, by The Odense Symphony Orchestra in Odense) , and 'Death of Leaves', a song cycle for soprano and orchestra by the American composer Nicholas Anthony Ascioti. In March 2014, 'Lonely Life' was recited on the BBC by the actor Mark Benson as an introduction to a documentary on loneliness. Further poems such as Marriage and Spring are featured in his pages on the 'Poets Pages' website.

Great Oak

Ancient, yet steeped in wisdom;
Massive, yet enlightening;
Never tired of growing or vexed by seasons,
You stand glorious in summer;
Monumental in winter.

And as you overlook your forest
With sagacious governance,
They all defer to you - dependence in hand:

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