Thursday, June 9, 2011

ocean hymn

riding on a ghost wave
of the sea, i saw a mermaid
perched on galant, jagged rock.
she would not sing to me,
she would not sing.

she put her ear to a conch shell
and laughed quietly,
whispering her deep ocean
secrets, then winked at me.

in one dark moment, she was gone,
with only the tip of her fin breaking
the water at the very end.
and then, nothing.

and i had a vision,
of poseidon raising souls to waves
and of a thousand whirlpools
sucking me in.

of lightning and thunder
striking down like arms with
fists crashing on rocks and homes
and dreams.

and a thick black blanket of cloud
rolling in low and heavy and
grumbling its eager, slow opinion.

of a shipwreck with silent screams
and dozens of heroes lost.

and of the water receding until
atlantis came up from the bottom
and the mermaids moon bathed in the night
and all is now quiet.

and i, i am just riding
ghostward on the waves.

i, i am just a ghost.
i am a drop of rain.
i am your missing coat.
i am a thought.


on the sea, i saw a mermaid
perched on a galant, jagged rock.
she would not sing to me,
she would not sing.

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