Predator (Siren Series)

poetry

I breathe you in like water
You rush through me and out of me:
a tickle at my ear.

I hum a tune that is faint and purple
wandering.
You barely notice that you notice me.

You will try to ignore it,
fight to push it out of your mind,
but you won’t stop listening.

I sing honey liquid notes
so soft
you’ll hear whatever you want to hear

You will find yourself
ever closer to me.
Returning to
the perfumed air around me:
Sweet lotus blossom
salty ocean breeze
paranormal pheromone.
Intoxication inevitable.

You will find bliss,
you will lose yourself,
and I will take you there.

If you come closer,
I will breathe you in like water and
We will rush through me,
together,
no more pain.

What I learned today

poetry

Today I learned that
ships passing in the night
occasionally make contact

Occasionally a lamplight is flashed
By the one sorry soul
keeping cold vigil overnight
while superior sailors sleep.

In the black-night murks,
that swell and carry
the load,

These barely-beacons
Are usually swallowed by
The latest undulation

The lonely light
flickers on and off
in half-hearted morse code,
a throwaway hello:

short, short, short, short
pause
short
pause
short
long
short
short
long
long
long

This is usually a lost cause
But sometimes,
just sometimes,
another lonely light will reply

It is such an uncommon thing
that
the fatigued mariners
tend to assume it’s a hallucination

Then they return to their
telescope view of the
darkness.