Siren Song #poetry #dVerse

Oh sing, Sweet Muse! of my lost love
(so far away he waits for me)
Oh sing, Sweet Muse! of my lost love
(and I’ll sing him to me
)

A thousand miles away he waits 
beyond the sea, beyond the pale
and I would sing him home to me:
let words not fail. 

I wait upon this barren rock;
the spray hits hard, salt stings my tears
through many a storm and many a wreck;
through thoughtless, restless years.

How thoughtless you, not to return
while here I wait upon my rock;
how heartless you, not to return;
now let me sing you back
:

I see your ship upon the waves;
your ship draws near as I draw breath;
I sing my song to bring you close: 
my song shall be your death. 

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Who’s your muse?

Tonight, I’m hosting dVerse Poetics, and I’m asking you to write a poem inspired by your muse. I’ve gone traditional, invoking the Muse at the start of my poem, but there are many other ways to respond to the challenge. The bar opens at 3pm EST, so come and join us for some more poetically-charged inspiration!

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  1. The singing beat of the poem is lovey Ingrid. And such a dramatic ending too with these lines:

    I sing my song to bring you close:
    my song shall be your death.

    Thanks for hosting.

  2. I love the beat and repetition of this, it’s very lyrical and fluid. I especially enjoyed the little piece of darkness here:

    “I see your ship upon the waves;
    your ship draws near as I draw breath;
    I sing my song to bring you close:
    my song shall be your death.”

    It’s so good. This is a beautifully, stunning piece.

    1. Thank you Lucy, I just fancied doing something traditional for a bit of a change. I’ll be back to activism tomorrow!

  3. Sirenomuse…a fantastic concept, perfectly executed. Thanks for the fine work and the invigorating prompt, Ingrid.

  4. After watching the show Sirens, I like to hope she doesn’t mean any harm but that her song is just dangerous—both a separate entity from her and a deeply embedded part she basically can’t control. I loved Ren’s love for Ben. Innocent and tender. She just has to be careful not to sing to him so he’ll be safe.

  5. You knocked it out of the park with this apt illustration for your prompt. I like the sadness and the longing in your piece. Muses are ethereal for me, being anyone or anything that cranks my writing into gear. I stuck with the Greek mythology for the prompt.

  6. Ooh, I think I hear the sirens singing! He had better have himself lashed to the mast or it’s curtains. Very nicely composed. Thanks for hosting this very interesting exercise!

  7. This really is a song… so beautifully constructed and the rhythm finely held. The repetition is fabulous and the ending is so powerful. A really outstanding poem!

  8. I really like your Mermaid muse… the siren’s song must be a metaphor for how easily men get captivated by a beautiful woman… even thou it sometimes leads to their doom.
    Well done.

  9. A creative and engaging write on the Siren’s Song. You have such an intimate understanding of the sea (and many other things). Beautiful work, Ingrid. 💖

  10. This poem sings like a song of longing, Ingrid. Love these lines:
    I wait upon this barren rock;
    the spray hits hard, salt stings my tears
    through many a storm and many a wreck;
    through thoughtless, restless years.

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