The Sea Witch’s Bargain

Something short today! Yay!

This poem is in response to Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday challenge. It needed to include synonyms for Eager & Hope provided by Sally Cronin. It’s a syllabic poem called a Double Ennead consisting of 3 stanzas with syllables 6/5/11/6/5.

My goal was to capture the theme of my current WIP: The Ferryman and the Sea Witch.

The Sea Witch’s Bargain

Beware a dark bargain
A craft of desire
Conspired with the merrowโ€™s silver-tailed witch
Her golden-tongued harpoon
Bristles with veiled barbs

She feasts on treasure-dreams
Conjured from sea beds
Her oaths, leviathans steeped in deception
Plunged in mountainous waves
She drowns the reckless

Or forsake her plunder
Mortal in the brine
A quiet heart surrenders to airlessness
Clasping pearls of courage
Deep in love redeemed

185 thoughts on “The Sea Witch’s Bargain

  1. Silent Hour says:

    This is really wonderful! And I’ll have to agree with Ju-Lyn — no matter how powerful a sea witch may be, there is something sad about that power. Maybe a sea witch is not as free as we’d think?

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    • Wasn’t that a great comment. My mermaids are rather happy beings, a bit on the amoral side, but happy in their element. The sea witch’s burden is protecting them from humans, and that would make anyone cranky. Not easy. So I completely agree.

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      • Silent Hour says:

        It was a great comment. It summed up what I felt while reading your poem. Good idea for any of those witch types we like to write. One would think that with their powers they could have anything they wanted. But they always seem to be lacking something…

        And of course responsibility can make a witch cranky!

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  2. Ju-Lyn says:

    I find something very haunting and wistful about the plight of sea witches despite the malevolent nature of her craft.

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  3. Iโ€™d be so intimidated by the form but you grabbed it by your writerโ€™s teeth and gave us a sea witch to BEWARE!!! Well done ๐Ÿ‘ xo

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  4. This poem is amazing. Your awesome Diana.

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  5. I worried about the crew on the ship already with this cold-blooded, heartless Sea Witch. Now you made me wonder if they would bargain with her. Your poems amazed me, Diana!

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  6. Besides your being an amazing wordsmith tackling challenges after challenges and producing very nicely, this particular like sprayed me like a mist โ€œA quiet heart surrenders to airlessness.โ€ Iโ€™m intrigued by your short tanka rendering of your much longer book and who isnโ€™t curious about a particular Sea Witchโ€™s Bargain?

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  7. Jennie says:

    Wow! This is outstanding, Diana!!

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