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The ferryman


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Ivan the tattooed ferryman's journey

is short and intoxicating as he

shimmers to the mermaid's song.

The boatman chauffeurs to collect

buckets of change to tempt a siren

within his range-Ivan fails

throws the coins into the water

and makes a wish-a moon with eyes

of fire to observe the waters while

a ferryman sleeps and to serve a mermaid's

lure with flames of red-a siren creates

a wish the silver satellite has a tongue

to sing and brings Ivan's tattoos to life-

on a tongue they dance-eyes they close-

the mermaid's song raises the ferryman to

the tip of a righteous tongue.

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I always liked those mermaids and sirens, Eclipse. But I can't say I was ever excited to pay the ferryman, lol.

 

Tony

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Yes. It's lyrical, sonnetlike, wistful ... three characteristics I like very much. Oh, and quite original, too.

 

Tony

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Larsen M. Callirhoe

this is a classic well-rounded poem barry. very original and highly entertaining to say the least.

 

victor

Larsen M. Callirhoe

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  • 2 weeks later...

I enjoyed reading this: your language is aptly colourful and a choice of “Ivan” for the tattooed ferryman unusual. With so much detail packed into the later lines however, I confess-- I became a little confused after line 10 . But that's just me. Benjamin :rolleyes:

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