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Far from being ‘dead,’ however, a rotting corpse is teeming with life. A growing number of scientists view a rotting corpse as the cornerstone of a vast and complex ecosystem, which emerges soon after death and flourishes and evolves as decomposition proceeds.

Tenderly swaddled in the wool shrouds she lay

Placed below layers of sand, vermiculite and clay

Weeks she spent there in 30 below

Biding her time amongst rich darkness…making

Odors pungent and strong enough to clear the sinus cavity

Like wise men from afar, the visitors come. Temperature now above 50

Send savory wafts of nutrition… filling the air

So long they have waited to see her beauty and taste her nutritious gifts

Wool Shrouds long gone have taken their place in the nitrate process

The visitors now clean her in loving kindness

Knowing the memory of her perfect visage will remain

Feast they do on the sweet gift, molten flesh.

In monorail style a focus team of workers clean and

Stay long enough to tidy the now empty cript.

Carol Welter. May 2019