Call Me Alacanthra

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge: Take a chance and step into the mythical realm ~  (posted by Sanaa)

“Werewolves, sirens, mermaids and creatures who devour blood, for centuries these myths and tales have continued to fascinate us. They have filled folklore, songs, poetry and works of art.

But what is it about them that draws our interest? Is it their beauty? Is it because they have magical powers?

Your challenge today is to find a piece of art (a painting, sculpture, etc.) and create your own poetic mythology around it.”


In ancient times
all I desired
was to swim
forever in the ocean-sublime.

Would sneak down to the sea
whenever I could
I watched vessels
Men watched me.

Mutinous to a fault
I obeyed no one,
the pull was too strong.
Silver fins grew, alt

to legs, suited my green eyes.
They say men disappear undersea.
As a Siren, I lured them in.
Alive–my lovers–and satisfied.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Call Me Alacanthra

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Nice! These sirens are sneaky and out for blood. They when the man breaths his last breath.


  2. jaerose37 says:

    What a wonderful sirens song


  3. Lori says:

    The siren’s song entices the sailors just as she is enticed by the ocean. To return again and again.
    It sounds like a calling out to one of their own. To come home. A tempting song indeed.


  4. I love the voice in this poem a lot, it’s really one of your best I think, and it reminds me of some of Carol Ann Duffy’s poems.


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely stunning, Sara!! ❤️ I love those closing lines and the images they evoke. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 😀


  6. Susie Clevenger says:

    Oh dear siren, you are a devious mermaid.


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