Eulogy for a Seal, a poem by Karina Tynan

IMG_0764The sea was blue before I saw you, 

before I heard your mother cry, 

“Everything is worse without you: 

the earth, the sea, the sky.”

 

The sea was blue before I thought 

a crow or seagull must have fought 

for your changeling eyes. 

 

It’s in the myth, not many know, 

you came to sea from a human line:

Once upon a time.. 

 

… taken from a mother jailed by prophesy: 

you, to kill the one eyed king. 

The one eyed king to save himself  

sacked you to the sea to breathe 

your last few baby’s breaths, 

your first few as a seal.

 

On a day like this. The sea was blue 

before you heard your mother cry: 

“Everything is worse without you: 

the earth, the sea, the sky.”

 

Read my retelling:

Once Upon an Inside Time for the myth mentioned in this poem

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