A Song of Light by Phillip A. Ellis

Spirit of the Night by John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1879

The dreamer’s eyes are closed as she dreams
of light
this night
with the pearly white beams
of a mermaid’s lanthorn glowing bright
through the ocean’s ways and the ocean’s streams.

And, when she wakens, light will arise
like smile
to style
in the depths of bright eyes,
like a mermaid’s lanthorn glowing pale
in the ocean’s heart, where the whale-road lies.

~

Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet and scholar. His chapbooks, The Flayed Man and Symptoms Positive and Negative, are available. He is working on a collection for Diminuendo Press. Another has been accepted by Hippocampus Press. He is the editor of Melaleuca.

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