Sea Spells

Sea Spells

I made sea shells into earrings
To bring you home to me
I’ve whispered to the sea gulls
To bring you home to me
I pleaded with the herring
To bring you home to me
Each morning I’ve drunk saltwater
To bring you home to me

I’ve chewed on Dead Man’s Fingers
To bring you home to me
I’ve fed Badderlocks to children
To bring you home to me
I made a dress of Irish Moss
To bring you home to me
And I rolled around the stony beach
To bring you home to me

I washed my hair in pollock roe
To bring you home to me
I’ve clipped the wings of arctic terns
To bring you home to me
I wear the beaks of kittiwakes
To bring you home to me
At night I wail from high cliff tops
To bring you home to me

All the seals I’ve clubbed to death
And bled into the sea
To draw from the cold water
Some type of guarantee
And now I sit at our window
Trying to foresee, and
Wondering have I done enough
To bring you home to me