For Nerin:
Trees built in lines
Thin and straight.
The sun set heavily while
I followed you through
The man-made forest
And caught up,
Your back toward me:
Trusting or unguarded?

Either way,
I spun you around and
Kissed dearly-
Against your will?
Maybe so...

A mermaid, you were
As I stole your innocence
Of shade and leaf-
Just a surface, a shore:

There, swaying with a
Sudden sea breeze
I dreamt...
Foamy cliffs of purple water
Crashing, clashing on sand
The edge of dreams and reason.

I did not intend to drown,
Nor will I die coldly
Pulled by your tides:
Your taste,
Salty and bright,
Was all I wanted.