Mermaid SongI have tried to love you.Mermaid Song by AzizrianDaoXrak
But you have become
little more than an evening in pale watercolors
the shadow of Monet.
I have decided to leave the lilies as they are.
Perhaps in later years, with desperation,
fearing the thinness of my thin limbs,
the creaking of my spider fingers,
I will go to wander those gardens again,
hoping for the promise of Eden,
clutching beads in my weary fist.
For now, you are fleeting as mermaid song,
brief as tall spires in pink and green beneath the sea
I can never touch them.
Our connection fades,
a violet mirage
disappearing within the swells.
A wave breaks
the silver froth wipes the sand
clean and perfectly brown.
Aphrodite's DissertationThe sound of catamarans upon the foam,Aphrodite's Dissertation by ThroneLiesFallow
the march of cavalry and weary knights
who lay their bodies down are coming home
to linens drying like a hundred kites;
if not for love, what force are sword and chain
that they may honor empires with their call,
if not for me, they all have died in vain
and made of Troy the laughingstock for all.
Indeed, your chamois shirts and littered socks,
the tender cartilage of tambourines,
unfinished wine, and little jew'llery box,
and dual hemispheres of nectarines
belong to me alone in my design:
the air you breathe, your everything, is mine.
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“Who has called me here?” the woman sighed, in a rasping voice so different from her own Jaquelyn checked for another speaker. The medium sat stiffly in her high-backed chair, eyes unfocused and unseeing.
Mr. Nelsson, their unfortunate host, tried to look composed as he cowered away from the medium’s right hand, clasped in his own. But he took responsibility, clearing his through and steeling himself. “We have, my fine…um…person. To whom do we speak?”
The medium inclined her head toward Nelsson and he shivered. “You have not answered me. I was called, and I have come, but a name is required as payment.” The last word rang out cold and ominous, and this time the whole room shivered with their host.
Jacquelyn could not resist a sidelong glance at the woman who sat across the table. Something still lit up her face, a smile—joyful, but without innocence—lingered in the corners of her mouth.
“T-Thomas Nelsson, at your service.”
The medium righted her head and settled slightly into the chair. “Very well,” she rasped, “ask your questions.”
“You may ask nine questions, no more. Ask your questions and release me.”
The room fell silent as all the guests exchanged glances.
“What should we ask?” the woman to Jacquelyn’s right hissed with a furtive glance at the medium. The evening thus far had followed the usual script for seances—which was to say, the medium had proceeded each activity with careful instructions for her audience, to “prevent something terrible from happening.” The medium had explained that they would be communicating with a spirit, and they must maintain the circle of clasped hands. But she had said nothing about questions, which meant—.
The medium expected this to go differently, Jacquelyn thought.
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I'm nearly who I'm meant to be.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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I've been published!
Alliterati Issue 9
Alliterati Issue 10
Alliterati Issue 12
Current Residence: North Carolina, USA
Profession: student, PhD candidate, Duke University
Favorite visual artists: STelari, herooftheheadset, SaskiaDeKorte, kinachuku
Operating System: Windows 7
Personal Quote: Fate does as it will
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