First Sonnet

I have never written a sonnet before – what a frustrating, yet ultimately fun task! Shoreline: The Mermaid’s Sonnet The waves grow rough and crash upon the rock Till sand remains as bone returns to soil And tide beats on the drum of shore, a clock No man can cheat, nor bribe with wit or…

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect I’m willing to bet you dollars to doughnuts: Odysseus had a mother like mine. When I left her, siren song singing on the shores of a bone island heart breaking my ears stuffed with wax and tied to the mast of my own crooked spine I didn’t yet realize she would always,…

Lamia to Phoenix: It’s Not You, It’s Me

Lamia Leaves the Phoenix it’s certain we would have tormented each another plucked out all the fine plumage but I was due for a molting, babe I was due for a molting and if your fire fanned over me and my jaw hinged hungry wide to accommodate the both of us I might have been sated but…

A Selkie declines the dance

“You’ll be the rhythm and I’ll be the beat You’ll be the rhythm and I’ll be the beat Then I’ll be the rhythm and you’ll be the beat And love, the shoreline, where you and I meet” ~Lykke Li, Melodies & Desires this Selkie stays far out to sea I learned well from my sisters…

Parley

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  ~African proverb “I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.” ~Michel de Montaigne Parley Have you noticed I always drag toward dark? I don’t dance a delicate compromise, won’t meet you halfway, won’t…

Melusine, on the occasion of being intruded upon while bathing

Melusine, on the occasion of being intruded upon while bathing it was never my intention to play a bathing Bluebeard, and there is no convenient sealskin for stealing. still, the revelation? always amusing. what could reasonably be expected, in the arms of fairy tale? is the forest not dark and twining? is the water not…