Mermaid’s Songbook

1. A Boat Alone*

phosphorous moon

over

a boat

alone

singing

of eyes and

stars

dancing with

the horizon

the horizon

unravels

dancing with

stars,

singing of

eyes like

phosphorous moons

over a

boat alone

2. The Witch’s Song

love is spinning in the deep

mine is mine and

music is music

if you’re wishing for escape

love is love and

knives are knives

love is waiting far away

a song is a song and

sweet is sweet

if you wish for what you aren’t

love is love and

yours is yours

love is love

and

hate is hate

and

love is love again

come and see what I’m selling

mine is mine and

music is music

all the wishes you could wish

love is love and

knives are knives

when you regret, regret with your heart

a song is a song and

sweet is sweet

the tide will carry you home

love is love and

yours is yours

love is love

and

hate is hate

and

love is love

again

3. Dead Mermaid Singing

I can’t give you lapis less I open

a vein and rupture my organs in

just the right way

staining my blood

in a shade that will say:

“I love you more than that hand that gave you your lapis.”

I can’t give you sunset staining a canvas less I open

a vein and clot my obsessions,

fall into dusk

with a gesture that screams:

“I love you more than that hand that painted your sunset.”

When the waves call me back

to dance in the foam

you’ll never know how much

I hate my home.

I can’t give you music less I tear

out my throat and fling all my chords

to the sky-loving storm

to play on her way to crash down your door.

She’s the only one who knows

I do love you more.

The princess is so pretty,

her demeanor is divine

but her love will break in the shadow of mine.

When the waves call me back

to dance in the foam

I would open my veins and my throat

on your shore ever

singing ever singing:

“I do love you more.”

4. Redemption*

the grave sea

breaks and tears

the burning

emptiness

of all that

has passed,

write

your fragile

flight

Photo source: Waterhouse

A Boat Alone: Found poem. Source: Aquí te amo by Pablo Neruda.

Redemption: Found poem. Source: Las víejas del oceano by Pablo Neruda.