mermaid

I never knew what brought her around

my life was shifting then

place to place in low rent shared houses

& every now & then

she would turn up stay the night & go

I’d move on

& lord knows how she found me

she’d be there

& this wasn’t love as far as I knew

just something

had caught her about me

& then

she no longer knocked on strange doors

never got in touch again

leaving me to wonder if she had returned

to her welcoming sea

to abandon her wandering man

forgive him

for being wild feckless unseeing

not being who she needed

wanted him knew him

to be

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