She would rather I be an incarnation, a flower
on a grave. She made my slumber rough with
sand until I swept it out of my bed.
When I was small, I brought all the worms
and the flies
and the bees
out of the water with the last bit of life
they had left.
For the ones who didn’t survive,
I gave proper burial with mermaid songs.
She never told me that mermaids cannot sing,
and she never picked up
a stick to
dig a grave with me
because I am not re-used bones
Beautiful, deep and dark. Excellent!
Thank you for reading Kurt!
Another great piece. Vivid.
Thanks you Frederick!!!
I know I don’t always say much Maggie, but I really like this poem. It reminds me of my childhood when my cousin and I used to hang out together. We grew up in a small town in Farmington, NM and we would go for walks down to this park. Whenever we would find a dead bird we would give it a proper burial with all the solemnity that 2 small children could muster. I’m not sure why we did this or where we even got the idea that it was the “thing” to do. We were very young, maybe 5 or 6 at the time. My memories of being with my cousin Dodi are some of my best. Thank you for reminding me of that.
That means a lot to me that you took the time 🙂 Thank you very much. It was a vivid childhood memory. I used to scoop them out of the ditch water in the morning and try to save them. Not for any reason I can think of except that it felt nice to try to help 🙂 ❤
Great poem! 💋
I used to do the same. Would muster the neighbourhood kids for a procession. I’m not sure where I got the idea, either? Neat.
Thanks a bunch for taking my mind there. Both of you. 💋
It’s fun to go there again isn’t it? 🙂 thanks for the comment!
She made my slumber rough with/sand until I swept it out of my bed. – that is a great phrase!
🙂 Thank you Jessica!
Fantastic! Very vivid. I really love that ending.
Not to be clique-shay but this is really deep. Write on!
🙂 Thank you!
Yes, there’s a kind of simplicity here as well as depth. I like it.
Mind you, I’m disappointed. I’ll have to stop looking for that mermaid who’s going to be the next big thing in folk rock.
Too bad. She was hot! LOL
Boy, was she ever! 😉
This made me laugh so hard! Thanks a bunch! 💋