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Sea Lullaby


The old moon is tarnished

With smoke of the flood,

The dead leaves are varnished

With colour like blood,


A treacherous smiler

With teeth white as milk,

A savage beguiler

In sheathings of silk,


The sea creeps to pillage,

She leaps on her prey;

A child of the village

Was murdered today.


She came up to meet him

In a smooth golden cloak,

She choked him and beat him

To death, for a joke.


Her bright locks were tangled,

She shouted for joy,

With one hand she strangled

A strong little boy.


Now in silence she lingers

Beside him all night

To wash her long fingers

In silvery light.


Elinor Wylie




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