Selkie (The Daughter of the Ocean)

by Daniel   Jul 6, 2020


I

When I saw
the foaming seas
lapping at your
ankles, I felt the
ebb of the ocean
itself

swelling beneath
my ribs.

Belong to me.

II

Salt rumoured your every
kiss;

the sweet breath of
a distant sea breeze

caressed us both
as we slept.

Where do you gaze
at night so longingly?

III

I was your anchor,
you were my captor.

For years you unearthed and forgave
every secret that I'd harboured.

What else do you seek
at night so longingly?

IV

When I saw
the foaming seas
lapping at your
ankles, I felt the
ebb of the ocean
itself

swelling beneath
my ribs.

Long for me.

--

"If you find her upon
dry land; steal her skin,
and take her hand.

She will be yours until
the day she finds the skin
you took away.

And will return without
question from whence she
came. You will never see
her again.

No matter how deep your
love may seem, a Selkie's
home is out at sea."

--

Inspired by the therianthropic Selkie, meaning "seal folk". Able to morph into a human by shedding their skin, there are stories of Selkies, particularly females, being bound romantically to whomever stole their seal-skin. If the Selkie was able to discover her lost seal-skin, she would return to the ocean, never to be seen again.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    by Liz

    The only time I've ever heard of the Selkie was in a short scary story, so it was a little bit different lol. This is beautiful.

    • 3 weeks ago

      by Daniel

      Yeah, most of my myth poems are a little on the 'horror' side, so I wanted to write something a little less predictable! Thank you Liz. :)

  • 1 month ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Mystical, ethereal, mythical, educational and thoroughly swoony! Excellent stuff and I'm glad to see it nominated :-) x
    =^.^=

    • 1 month ago

      by Daniel

      Thank you very much. :)

  • 1 month ago

    by Brenda

    Daniel, love this. Being a Pisces I feel akin to water poems. I love the footnote also, Interesting..

    • 1 month ago

      by Daniel

      Thank you Brenda. :) Hope you are doing well.

  • 1 month ago

    by Star

    WOW just wow!!!!
    The more I read the more it becomes interesting, and I did not want it to end. I think I’ve heard Selkie’s story before, but it also reminded me of Scylla from the Greek Mythology.

    • 1 month ago

      by Daniel

      Thank you Star. :) Yeah, there are so many similarities throughout individual countries' folklore/mythology. The interesting thing about this one is that this Selkie isn't a monster, per se, but you're right, there are some reminders here of Scylla. I wouldn't mind writing about her actually!

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