Sunday, July 30, 2017

Toward What Was Dazzling

the shadows of things they looked on then
had finger paint colours
breaking the surface of the water

the little mermaid swam
to see the fireworks from the horizon
flowers of fire and this is the world above

how lovely lovely she thought
her sea thoughts wavering as waters can be
a little vague and formless

later she learned the specifics

the feeling of dry ground
after she lost all speech but dancing
dancing like the waves she missed, she missed

she's going under now
drowned in what was once her home
and was it for this she swam upward,

upward  toward what was dazzling

mary angela douglas 30 july 2017