Ebb and flow

has not bruised
a solitary reed.

How could this be?
The nature of water;

sparkling diamonds
as well as the .

rage of Neptune.

What has happened
to La Mer? A mermaid

with glimmer-tail;
no fins, gills or scales.

Is this the essence
that inspired the sages?

Is this the mighty empress;
her sailors in genuflection?

Now, the burp in a gold-
fish bowl; uneventful and dull.

We must light our candles
for La Mer; colorful,

quenching nothing.

Alice Parris


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