i was a fish out of water
when i laid in your arms
mistaking your love for lust,
but you're the one that
mistook a siren for a mermaid;
i haven't forgotten my song
so come, elf, to my cold and distant
ocean for i have shed the mermaid
in my fury and remembered my crueler
sisters and every sinister fang will
be made clear in my lyric of erosion
as i rip sinew from bone.
Linda M. Crate's works have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of the novels in the Magic Series and the forthcoming Phoenix Tears. She has always found beauty and depth in things that both know light and darkness.