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Superficialities, and all that lie beneath [Jul. 1st, 2005|08:38 pm]
Catherine Fischer
[mood |discontentdiscontent]


The tide brings strange things in
Polished pebbles and tales of glass
Lost bits of history
And fragments of abyssal mystery
Glimpses of what we wish to see
But the ocean may deceive in what it offers
So freely
And the next ebb tide may snatch it all back
Beyond the ken of the shore.

Selkies, they say, make excellent wives
Dutiful, and honest, good mothers
To fulfill any fisherman’s wishes
But their heartbeats pound the rhythm
Of the waves against the shore
And the tides within them
Reach achingly for the pull of the moon
On the sea
Their liquid eyes silent
Their own needs mute
And given only half a chance
They return to their element
All ties with land forgotten.

Even true fishermen return to shore
At the end of every catch
Creatures of the earth
Like you
Beginning and ending on dry ground
With the sun rising in the east
And setting in the west
Ordering the course of life
In the absence of shadow;
The siren song that calls you to the ocean
May seem simple enough
Like a flower unfolding
But the mermaid still is ruled
By the tides
By the deeps that Tethys commands
And offered only the surface waters
She will return, discontented, to her own.