song for a selkie

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she moved up the coast of maine and took a selkie for a bride. laughter filled their days up and the roaring surf their nights. the mountains are waves but it’s nothing quite the same when there’s a barking coat in the cupboard and saltwater in her eyes. she said “my darling dear, you mean the world to me but i am of the sea.” the one that she adored she left to walk the shore and sing this song of woe: “my bonnie lives under the ocean. my bonnie lives under the sea. my bonnie lives under the ocean so bring back my bonnie to me.” she took lovers as she found. kind and gentle, all. but in the depths of her dreaming only one she could recall. one evening moonlit with her selkie’s name on her lips she stowed away on a schooner bound for an isle where witches lived. she said “i must be joined with my lover in the deep. take what you will of me.” “child, you must lose your human face and swim for all your days.” “so send me down under the ocean. send me down under that sea. land’s for the damned so i’ll gladly leave man and live all my days with the beasts; and live all my days as a beast!” so lovers, dive into the ocean. lovers, dive into the sea. heed not the call of terrestrial law but go down and live with the free.


from criminal hymnal, released August 5, 2016




serpentine Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

flamelicked mournful riffs from heck

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