The Siren

Siren on a gate

Siren on a gate

Let’s move back from the river to the bank.

Just as you leave Teignmouth heading towards Bishopsteignton along the road you will see a gate on the left-hand side with an enticing picture, which prompted this poem.

If the tide is low you can also walk up the estuary shore instead where you’ll find an earlier version (perhaps) of the eponymous siren on the side of a wrecked ship.

River art courtesy of local artist NME

The Siren

Teign spirit rises
hands reaching out
from cerulean wash.
With eyes that entice
and lips that implore
she beckons you join her,
stray to deep waters
away from the safety of shore.

Raven-haired siren
seductively smiles
and whispers so softly
in caramel tones.
She raises her hand
and beckons you join her
in river suffused
away from the shackles of land.

Related verse:  Elegy to a Parrat

Siren on Ship

Siren on Ship

 

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