nest

by Kate Garrett


soft waves roll like sand, sea
and close the distance

between the glow
of your skin

and me
a mermaid in reverse –

I’ve been a little girl
with awkward feet
who swims to drown

until now
when you shush
salt tears with pearl teeth

when you emerge smiling
from underneath
on this white
bed tousled

warm-scented
like I once dreamt
a selkie’s fur would be.

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