I hide within myself. I am my own
Mariana Trench; nautical sphinx;
a junkyard Atlantis of coral bones.
This heart, this argonaut papered
in a glass-sharp origami. This eyelid
shivering like the silk of benthos.
This spine folded into the arch
of a seahorse. Volcanoes rustling
in the viscera. Ocean-pith arsenic.
I don’t trust your perfect sanctuaries
filled with things that gleam in feathers;
those bellringers fitted with bird-hymns.
Instead, I gem this darkness, depths of
tourmaline. Live & splendor among those
that teach the blindness of speech to skin.
Scherezade Siobhan is psychologist, writer and maker of world's finest Spanish omelettes. She is of an Indian/Afghan/Gitane Spanish heritage. Her work is published/forthcoming in Bluestem, The NewerYork, Black & Blue Writing, Words Dance, Cordite Poetry Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Mandala,Winter Tangerine & others. She owns and runs a small publishing house called Cyberhex Press & her first poetry collection "Bone Tongue" has been published by Thought Catalog Books in 2015. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee for writing. She can be found squealing about small furry animals, southeast asian fashion, football & neuroscience at www.viperslang.tumblr.com or twitter.com/zaharaesque.