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Hearts for a Heart
by Angela Yuriko Smith
She beat the water with her fists, enraged—in hate.
She was looking for mermaids. Make them cry. Crush their lies
… they stole my Prince Charming.
Conniving, fishy girls with bare breasts and damp skin
had lured him to the drowning deep—a forever sleep
… but he went willingly.
Like a dog in heat, he ran off without looking.
A vacant pretty boy, just a toy to pass the time
… he isn’t worth the tears.
But she weeps, just the same. He was a fling, but her
fling. A sweet thing she imagined sharing tomorrows
… now he was yesterday.
The mermaids would pay in sushi and sashimi
bleeding, salty flesh flayed in the raw sand by her hand
… a feast for hungry crabs.
She waits patiently for the party girls to show
and they always do, seeking new toys to take and break
… hearts for a heart is fair.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com.
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Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author and co-publisher of Space and Time magazine, a publication that has been printing speculative fiction, art and poetry since 1966. Together we build a poem as a community each month. Visit “Exquisite Corpse” at SpaceandTime.net to submit.
Sweet! Loved it, Angela!
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Loved the structure of your poem and the italicised “poem within the poem”