The Village of the Mermaids
1942, Oil on panel
Those who cross the sea change the sky, not their souls ~ Horace
it’s there: above ankles crossed
beneath home-school dresses,
her folded hands conceal secrets
aligned at right angles. but
as her eyes implore the middle
distance between a compromise
and insignificance, her ears catch
the liquid shifting— a past
just beyond the stillness
she can’t let go.
MEH is Matthew E. Henry, a Pushcart nominated poet with works appearing in publications including Brick Rhetoric, Kweli Journal, Poetry East, Rhino, Spillway, and Syntax. He’s a high school teacher who spends money he doesn’t have on way too many advanced degrees in various content areas.
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