I smell of sea-tang and blood          ocean wind and dune grass swords
Sand fills my mouth                        salty water chokes my lungs
I roll with the tides                          sea diamonds in my hair
My life now clarity                          again within the waters of my birth.

In Irish, Scottish, Icelandic and Scandinavian folklore, the[s]elkie is a woman of the ocean who lives inside a seal skin. When she comes up to the rocks she slips out of her skin to bask in the sun. If a man is able to steal her skin while she sleeps, she is forced to become his wife and live on land. But, if the selkie finds her skin again, she transforms back into her true form and immediately returns to the sea, free. Selkie Collection

message in a bottle for: Sue Vincent’s #writephoto clarity


featured image: Sue Vincent; additional image: selkie from shareourgarden.blogspot.com;

And a digression on clarity via the Indigo Girls. A verse from “Closer to Fine”:

I stopped by the bar at three A.M.
To seek solace in a bottle, or possibly a friend
And I woke up with a headache like my head against a board
Twice as cloudy as I’d been the night before
And I went in seeking clarity