7:2: “Fire Begets Water”, by Jennifer Crow

7:2: “Fire Begets Water”, by Jennifer Crow

Fire begets water
as passion begets tears:
I drown in our past
in the slow tide of dreams
ebbing out with the turning
of the moon. I drown in you,
in the memory of nights swimming
through wine-dark bliss
to a shore laced with broken shells
and jagged rocks. Cast adrift,
the salt of my blood
mingling with the sea’s,
I let the current batter me
to shards against the shore.
And you, mermaid-pale and careless,
look on, a comb in your hand.


 

Jennifer Crow’s work has appeared in a number of print and online venues, and one of her poems is slated to appear in the upcoming Rhysling Anthology. She likes to use mythological and folkloric themes in her poetry because so often they echo the pains and pleasures of reality. Her people are sea people, so tales of the ocean are ones she loves best.



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