Saturday, April 23, 2011

in defense of mermaids

all my life i've been watching people drown

my name on their lips as they swallow down salt

what's the point in trying for a rescue?

they'll only dull your razors on their wrists

still swearing they love you

i didn't lure them out onto these rocks

i'm only watching

always bridesmaid girl

funerals bring roses enough


  1. I like this. It reminds me of a sequence of poems I wrote many years ago called 'The Drowning Man' about a man drowning in emotions.

    I'm not sure about the line 'they'll only dull your razors on their wrists' though. All the other imagery seems appropriate to mermaids or sirens. I get the point but you might want to have another think about it.

    You might want to look up Siren in Wikipedia; it's interesting reading. Might give you some ideas.

  2. well, to be fair, roses aren't really a mermaid image either.