Ava C. Cipri

POSTURING AS A MERMAID

 

I’ve been distracted for nine years
as if holding a conch shell to my right ear
hearing the sea roar

I can say I was once a selkie, a mermaid,
& this is why I carry the ocean with me
because it insists I return
because I want to suspend silence, closed
in the damp room of white noise,
but it is nothing that romantic

what I would do for only a moment, an hour,
no, a day, where I didn’t carry the weight
of the sea landlocked in these chambers

give me a day, where the dam breaks
& I can hear the nothing I crave


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