The dreamer’s eyes are closed as she dreams
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
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.