Ammonite

There are no mermaids in these sentences,
But there are mernaids in …

                                    anemone …
                                    anthracite …
                                    aconite …

What is the word for the sea-snail
Sealed in stone?

The mermaids were chipped out of hard rock
Carefully, craftfully –
As mermaids are also chipped out of hard word.
The habits of mermaids are yearning,
Lond tendrils growing towards the light,
From where they are enclosed
In teapots and earth-walking shoes,
Not always irreversibly.

Work can be a liberation, but
It can also be a stone
That is lying on your chest, or
Which you are dragging on a chain.
It can be a sort of prison.
Love, also, is like that –
A freedom or a constraint.
And who knows if love or work Is more important?

But often work is easier,
Even if it’s fingers in salty cracks,
Bitter winds,
Oozing mud,
Twisted-ankle scrambling,
A tiny scalpel,
An eye seeking for forms.
Then hawking the goddamn thing –
This is when you forget
To be a mermaid.

PROMPT
Pick six phrases at randon from any book – and write.

“I puralise a word”
“Enclosed in a given belief system”
“The habits of samsara
“In fact, everything that is perceivable”
“Examine how your intentions deeply affect your mood”
“Irreversibly, tropical forests are literally disappearing”

Ammonite – a film by Francis Lee.

Image: Ashleigh Joy