This Week’s Words

Of a Merchant and a Mermaid

Two lives,
one point in time,
two worlds one can’t combine,
they meet
where shipwrecked sands
rush down to help the waves
escape the sea.

Two dreams
they might express,
could hope bridge emptiness,
they share
with long, long-suffering surf
a boundary.

Too brief
this mingled heart,
tide-torn, once more apart
they weep,
for unbending Fates decree
that “two made one”
must of one body be.

Copyright © 1973, 2017 by John Arthur Robinson

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