Day 17, Ekphrastic Challenge, My Poem, Submerged

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

Inspired by all three images.


I’d never seen a sea so blue,
we dove through our reflections
to the unfathomable depths below.

I saw a mermaid, you teased.
I saw a shipwreck, I replied,

and we went back to our hotel
had our tea on a tray in bed,
gasping and grasping like swimmers
near drowning—submerged here–
the do not disturb sign on the door–
and I never wanted to leave
the room, you, tea,
the sound of the surf–

but here I am on this foggy coast,
firmly bound to shore,
the sea is the grey of winter memories

out there, above the sunken ships
called by sirens,
lovers sail on ships of dreams.

I am once again participating in Paul Brookes’ April Ekphrastic Challenge. Each day, I will post my poem(s) here. You can see the art and read the other responses by going to Paul’s site

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