The lovely ocean beckons, bright as angels'
As storm clouds ruminate and distant mountain leers
Faraway gulls wheel, free and mocking my plight
Or perhaps just elated, drunken with flight.
I stand, caught on the precipice 'twixt
Before me, the fierce passion of dawn unfurls,
Behind me, my husband – my captor – sleeps still
Sure I can't break, nor even resist his will.
Oh, I was the siren caught by the
Entangled in infatuation, sacrificing all
For the pleasure of a man, a wizard so fair…
I exchanged tail for legs, dear water for thin air.
So soon did sharp love to
exquisite pain turn,
So soon did his sweet taste begin to burn…
I saw my down-lined nest was a harsh steel cage
And I knew my gaoler: my fair, beloved mage.
Fettered more surely than by
chain to dry land
His cursed seed within me, broken now I stand
Gazing at the sea, one last spark of defiance
Pining for its safety, for the waves' salt-laced dance.
rises, tosses surf to a light cream
Daylight shatters my soul, I noiselessly scream,
Raging 'gainst my foolishness and all I did wrong
Listening, forlorn, to my sisters' siren song.
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