Beat Soul

 Chained Swan by Ellen Shelby
Chained Swan by Ellen Shelby

In the emptiness I meet

My soul is beat

In the presence of a malicious mind

My death sentence is undersigned

My heart, it lay in cinders

My strength, it is tender

There seems no end to torment

I weep in discontent

Take away my fear and restlessness

Give me a sense of weightlessness

Imbue me with hope, make me brave

Dash my tears into a grave

As I go about my day

Will I ever find a way

To not feel this close to tears

Afraid of the listening ears

That lurk in the walls

And creep in the halls

To do the bidding of one of dark intent

Hiding behind a benevolent pretense

All words, kind or not spoken

Are twisted and turned

Into false words

Into accusations

Into emptiness they become

As they attack all and one

And in that emptiness we meet

My soul is irrevocably beat

Oh make me brave

Dash my tears into a grave!


The Wooden Rattle of Bones

The wooden rattle of bones
fills this lake.
I lay numb on the bottom of the lake
the water took everything from me.
Salt on my skin
makes my cuts bleed.
Water cleans my cuts
Ships are keeled over by storms.
From the ends of my life
Humans are sad.
I am a goddess of the seas,
I know the love of seamen.
My tears as pearls are washed away
on to the shores of mortals.
How long is the time I could be
absolutely miserable?
You cannot see me,
my charger.
As my blood boils
we approach each other,
but the waves take your ship away.
Is there a place
where sea and air could fare together?

The Wooden Rattle of Bones

The wooden rattle of bones
fills this lake.
I lay numb on the bottom of the lake
the water took everything from me.
Salt on my skin
makes my cuts bleed.
Water cleans my cuts
Ships are keeled over by storms.
From the ends of my life
Humans are sad.
I am a goddess of the seas,
I know the love of seamen.
My tears as pearls are washed away
on to the shores of mortals.
How long is the time I could be
absolutely miserable?
You cannot see me,
my charger.
As my blood boils
we approach each other,
but the waves take your ship away.
Is there a place
where sea and air could fare together?