Tuesday, 20 August 2013

All for Love

An ethereal Selkie wanders
the beautiful sea, frantic
for she has lost Oberon's heart.
It's crimson ribbons torn
by the angry King, deceived
in the sweetness of song,
the lingering scent of an ocean,
the enchantment of dreams.

She searches
midnight moonbeams
lighting cold depths below,
prays to ancient Gods
to send fast a shoal of silver fish,
their scales shimmering bright
to see again his heart,
heal the loss.

But too late it's gone
as has the sealskin breath,
earthly Oberon holds this captive.

Llyr's wrath terrible if raised
strikes fear into the dark deep,
here the shapeshifter Selkie.
She has broken nature's law,
she loves a mortal!
No use now dolphin magic,
oyster pearls or seashell trinkets.

Listen only to the breeze
whispering in the waves, you'll hear
a Selkie cry to the lonely lost sea as

she hurtles through salted teardrops

searching the last of the tangled seaweed

for a lover's truth.

This week's image at Magpie Tales is an underwater photograph taken by Elena Kalis. If you would like to read more of the poems and prose inspired by this please visit http://magpietales.blogspot.com/ for a list of writers taking part. Thank you for reading my poem.