The Siren’s Song

by Angela Gabrielle Fabunan

We are no myth, we are not
merely fish, not simply women.
What you should keep in mind:

When you argue over our shoal,
when you trash our bay, is that
we are no myth, we are not

Yours to erase, just because
you’re in pursuit of prey.
What you should keep in mind

Is we’re not in it for your bodies,
but for bodies of water, us guardians,
we are no myth, we are not

Modest folk, we siren how
you’ve despoiled and sacked our homes.
What you should keep in mind

is that our sea is not yours to mine
not yours to claim nor to acquire.
We are no myth, we are not

Owned nor bargained nor attained.
We will do what we are forced to do.
What you should keep in mind

Is our power to summon monsters 
to entice beasts to take your liver—
We are no myth, we are not

Tale, we will suck the living from you
until you are no longer male—
We are no myth, we are not…not at all…
what you should keep in mind.

© Copyright Angela Gabrielle Fabunan


Angela Gabrielle Fabunan is the author of The Sea That Beckoned (Platypus Press, 2019) and Young Enough to Play (UP Press, 2021). Her website is angelagabriellefabunan.com. She lives in Olongapo City, for now.


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