by Lorraine Schein
This poem previously appeared in Unspoken Water 1, 2011
I am a deep hollow filled with water
and live in this clear blue castle
that none can see.
Its crystal gates, portals to other worlds.
My throne is encrusted with fine sand, pearls
and your flung offerings.
I am clad in soft ripples
limned with small mirrors.
Reeds cling to and wreathe my face,
yet I can see far.
The moon watches over me,
casts its pale reflections
to obscure my highest turrets.
My towers’ flying pennants whip
wind-blown ripples to you above.
Toss a coin into me for luck.
My thoughts are green–
my powers, lacrustine:
dissolving, floating, dispersing.
Hear me, at night, lick at lovers’ feet.
Though I seem calm,
the wind blows me into
columns of turbulence below.
that only the worthy
can rouse me from my glass palace
with raised sword in hand.
It will cleave flesh
like a barge splits water.
it is an offering
mysterious and triumphant,
bestowed from the depths.
© Copyright Lorraine Schein
Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in VICE, Terraform, Strange Horizons, Enchanted Conversation, NewMyths, and Eye to the Telescope, and in the anthologies Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana del Rey & Sylvia Plath and XVIII: Stories of Mischief & Mayhem. The Futurist’s Mistress, her poetry book, is available from Mayapple Press: www.mayapplepress.com
Read the Rest of the April Issue
- The Coral Fairy by Lorraine Schein
- The Undersea Crossing Guard by Lorraine Schein and Kris Herndon
- After Atlantis by Lorraine Schein
- The Lady in the Lake by Lorraine Schein
- Gothmaid by Annie Taylor
- The Mermaid’s Dilemma by Michael Angelo Stephens
- Caught by Stevie Rose Maguire
- Cold Weather Accessories for Imaginary Creatures by Lorriane Schein and Kris Herndon
- Bathyscape by S. Brackett Robertson
- Blonde Mermaid by Denisse Di Stelle
- My Little Mermaid by Lorraine Schein
- The Collector by Tara Campell
- Mischievous by Dianita
- The Many Mermaids of Fiction by J. D. Harlock
- Wistful by Annie Taylor
- A Minnow, or Perhaps a Colossal Squid by C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez
- The Fin(e) Print by Meg Frank
- Wanted: New Captain & Crew by Julia Rios