swaddled in a hull / by Ellen Sorensen

swaddled in a hull

lullabies of the sea

swish and rock me to sleep

as the stars dangle overhead 


too long have i been on replay

my tune is scratchy and prone to skips

but here there is a new melody

one that sings currents and waves 


i feast on new fruits

and mix them with golden rum

letting the sun and salt water

soak into these layers of melanin 


i am convinced that this is life for me

goddess of the sun and slave to the sea