Give me gills.

my inky indigo heart to sea,
free me to the waves
I longed for in my
legged days,
then let me

Pour me
out a
siren’s song,
some syllabled
strain of
half light
and liquid shadow.

Barter me some
and a color tangled
shimmer spangled
tail that swims



Abhra is hosting over at dVerse Poetics today.
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19 Responses to After

  1. Marie Elena says:

    Oh this is soooooooooooo you! Love, love, love, LOVE!!

  2. Ha ha ha. Ooh, T/A. You crack me up. Love that “poor me” too.

    “sigh wren (so me), sill-abled” … a little hidden poem

    I’m not a fan of liquid shadow, as in makeup. Oh wait. I’m thinking of liner. Liquid shadow is actually way cool. I love how cold and slimy it feels … like a mermaid, I suppose.

    Lots of goodies in “fins” too.

    “and a color tangled” … Love this. Hey, I’m getting that itch again … to dye my hair. I’ve got some plum in the cabinet. But I think I’d better refrain. My hair’s getting so long. Better to keep it healthy, I think. Do you think mermaid’s “dye” their hair? They can probably just change it at-will with their magic.

    “s/himmer SP/angled” … Now you’re doing it too. 🙂 Also s/whims. It’s addicting, isn’t it?! Like when you used to do the “de” words in every poem.


    I see where you’re going with this. Eve in the ocean, ODing on some good stuff to make her sink to the bottom once and for all. You want to go with her, though. A little girl on girl suicide. I know why, too. You know the power it’ll give you to write when you come back from the other side. Seeing death like that, especially your own … being that close to your own demise … it’ll give your writing darker eyes. And that’s really what we all want to read, isn’t it?

  3. Grace says:

    Give me a hundred sighs for this lovely poem 🙂

  4. Mary says:

    An inky indigo heart — what being could desire more than that!

  5. jaybluepoems says:

    pour me out a siren’s song… beautiful.

  6. Sherry Marr says:

    As they say over at Poets United, “I Wish I Had Written This”. WOW! Loved every beautiful word.

  7. Bodhirose says:

    You make me believe in mermaids with this one, De. I think your heart must belong to the sea…beautiful!

  8. Abhra says:

    I can’t say which I like more – the inky heart or the siren’s song or the fins – but I love it. Thanks for joining my prompt.

  9. Oh this is perfect. To breath water – what joy.

  10. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Oh yes, you convince me!

  11. Ah a water spirit, just as I was thinking about how long whales live in the deeps, and not for me! Maybe you convince me otherwise.

  12. Ohhh, to be that loose and free. Lovely.

  13. Wonderful fantasy. I could do that

  14. Myrna says:

    To swim happily, ever – that’s a beautiful dream. This is a beautiful poem. Loved it.

  15. kanzensakura says:

    to breathe water, to fly through water – what a wonder. What a wonderful poem.

  16. My face is plastered with a happy after smile here…I hope one day I will meet you there!! xo

  17. SMiLes.. so hard
    to swim.. so hard
    to fly.. float on
    land no
    but fly..
    reborn a butt
    er fly iN liGhT..:)

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