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(7 September 1885 – 16 December 1928 / Somerville, New Jersey)

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Sea Lullaby

The old moon is tarnished
With smoke of the flood,
The dead leaves are varnished
With colour like blood.

A treacherous smiler
With teeth white as milk,
A savage beguiler
In sheathings of silk

The sea creeps to pillage,
She leaps on her prey;
A child of the village
Was murdered today.

She came up to meet him
In a smooth golden cloak,
She choked him and beat him
to death, for a joke.

Her bright locks were tangled,
She shouted for joy
With one hand she strangled
A strong little boy.

Now in silence she lingers
Beside him all night
To wash her long fingers
In silvery light.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Liliana ~el (10/16/2013 9:32:00 PM)

    Fantastic imagery; chilling, haunting, puts me on edge; a dangerous beauty!

    2 person liked.
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  • Mc Donald (10/16/2012 7:35:00 PM)

    Inspired. You should check mine.

  • Karen Sinclair (10/16/2012 2:45:00 AM)

    Beautiful in its reflective nature, and gentle simplicity...i love the visuals lain down by words of a lady with a wonderful imagination....

  • Ann Beard (11/24/2008 9:37:00 PM)

    A poem I come back to over and over again. A favourite, Regards Ann

  • Jon Jiles (11/22/2008 4:15:00 PM)

    i love this poem its so creative and visonary

  • Aimee Pruitt (2/24/2008 9:32:00 PM)

    I LOVE this poem! I will never look at the sea the same again.

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