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born in the year of deluge

May 16, 2008

born in the year of deluge
hope slips away like eels
beyond grasp and spear

all learn to hold air inside
nurturing internal voices
meditate on escaping breath

born in the year of deluge
seeds of expectation wash away
nothing is stable

seaweed and broken shells
tangle and punctuate
sorrows for the forgotten

beginning in deluge there is
always too much
and the scent of mildew carries death

mold greens underarms
and all crevices
fester and rot

born in the year of deluge
one always seeks shelter
umbrellas overhanging eaves

the comforting arms
of mermaids with scaly tails
dreams of love in salty places

by Eve Rifkah

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  1. May 17, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Am I really the first to comment? I think this is an amazing and thoughtful piece of work, and has its own kind of beauty.

  2. Christina Pacosz
    May 17, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Very lush and wet and has me checking my underarms. I just noticed the MP3 file and will download that soon to give a listen.

  3. Sandra Kohler
    May 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Rich and mysterious. I particularly like “dreams of love in salty places.”

  4. Michael Milligan
    May 19, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    By the last stanza I am inundated by the density of the water and gasping for breath. Thank you for the mermaids.

  5. January 27, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Has a certain mystical attraction…

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