Friday, September 28, 2012

Pipes

I've the desire to be a siren,
and so siren shall I be.

I'll wash my throat with strong lye soap--
my tongue with strychnine tea--
then when I sing, my cunning will bring
the doomed from out the sea.

I've the desire to be wicked,
and so wicked shall I be,

that the Lorelei will seek me out
to ask and bow and find out how
I sing so
sing-u-lar-ly.
________

for Fireblossom Friday.

22 comments:

Daryl said...

this is sing-song wonderful

Mama Zen said...

This definitely sings!

hedgewitch said...

I'm with Mama Zen--if this doesn't put the ship on the rocks, I don't know what will. I especially like the last line/word, and it's sounded-out syllables.

Susan said...

You will create another myth with the power of this telling! A myth of an Ur-siren with no throat or voice who "sings" by sucking "the doomed from out the sea." Singularly indeed! What pipes! Beautiful!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love that this feisty siren-song is labeled under "Try and Stop Me".

TexWisGirl said...

you clever girl!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love the Try and Stop Me, too. You are Unstoppable! And that makes me so happy!

Helen said...

She proclaims it thus ........

Grandmother said...

Wicked! And clever.

Marian said...

double-dog dare ya!

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Lyrical!
And the lustful fear of all pirates!

Beautiful!

Susie Clevenger said...

I've the desire to be wicked,
and so wicked shall I be....love that line. I think there is a bit of the wicked in me. :)

Ella said...

this is wicked good ;D

Kay L. Davies said...

I remember the desire to be wicked. I no longer have it, of course, because it was a trifle exhausting.
I love the rhythm of "to ask and bow and find out how"...so simple but so effective here.
K

Mary said...

Ah....one thing about magic, if you are the magician you can be whatever you want to be!!

Karen said...

"to ask and bow and find out how..."

I love the rhythm and rhyme of this, and I wanna be, too!

myheartslovesongs.com said...

"I've the desire to be wicked,
and so wicked shall I be,"

and so you shall, SP, so you shall! {smile}

flipside records said...

This is excellent. But I don't know why anyone would really want to be a siren. What a lonely life that would be. I love the mention of the lorelei.

De said...

The cadence of this is absolutely perfect. There's a lilting loveliness here, with an evil edge underneath. Perfect siren song, in other words. Love this, especially: "then when I sing, my cunning will bring
the doomed from out the sea."

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Robyn Greenhouse said...

so fun and...wicked!

Lolamouse said...

Love it! Sea shanties for sirens!

Hannah said...

I finally wrote for your prompt, Shay! I cheated a little and paired it with mine...

WOW...this IS a spooky siren song...the lilting magic of this makes it truly a joy to read!

I love the lye soap and strychnine tea!!

Poe WOULD be proud! :)