The Fisherman and the Mermaid

For God’s sake!! Tell me! You!
You, the one playing the guitar on the strings of my heart,
Composing melodies of the sea and seafarers!
And two legs frisking ballading from a note…
Quavering shivering barefoot on your hot sands…
And on your orchards filled with the passion of a lover…
… And a skirt torn apart by your prose…

Am I created a nymph from the salt of the seas,
Or from the tears of your eyes?
Am I a gypsy mold from the dust of earth,
Or from the terracotta roots of your heart?….

How many women wandered over your lips?
And how many will lose their track on them…
How many girls kissed your feet?
And how many will wash them with their tears…
And I,
I dance to the melody of promises
Living in tomorrow’s yearning…

~ Joumana Gebara

 

Mike Quinn - Grace

Painting: “Grace” by Mike Quinn, 2018