She never means to lure them to their doom

enticing young sailors

to their shipwrecked and watery graves

She simply sings

out of loneliness

As she cannot swim

and has no boat

to carry her away

She calls out with a voice pure and lovely

a song haunting and ancient

and full of promise

She calls his name

and bids him hence

another beautiful boy

who has ventured too near

these shores

another beautiful boy

who will soon be

bloodied and broken

upon these jagged rocks

Soon she will kiss away

his life’s last breath

and wonder how it can be

that still

she is so lonely

on this empty island

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