The Beautiful and Perilous Mermaids


In ancient Assyria, the goddess Atargatis,
from shame, transformed herself into a mermaid.
She had accidentally killed her human lover.

Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events –
floods, storms, shipwrecks, drownings, and broken hearts.


A Mermaid, 1900, by John William Waterhouse

A Hole in the Sky

sky hole

For Laura Boss

“Every living thing is turning into something else.” – Ovid

All of your poems that remain unwritten.
Promises to and from family not kept. 
Urn of ashes on a son’s mantle.
Things read aloud to laughter and tears,
now lost in the country of time.

Laura Boss was an American, award-winning poet and a friend and mentor. She was the founder and Editor of Lips poetry magazine for four decades. Laura died on April 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.