she murmurs of diamanté stars
incantatory, unmuffled –
and of lost isles and caves
where silver mermaids flick
their sequinned tails
and dive amid rare oyster shells
and palely opalescent whales ..
the capricious sea is calm today
while the West wind rests,
caressing coral castles
of the trident king,
tempests and storms
from fathoms deep;
and with her words of hypnotic power
lulls the restless waves to sleep … .