Kim Addonizio

(July 31, 1954 / Washington, D.C)

Mermaid Song - Poem by Kim Addonizio

for Aya at fifteen

Damp-haired from the bath, you drape yourself
upside down across the sofa, reading,
one hand idly sunk into a bowl
of crackers, goldfish with smiles stamped on.
I think they are growing gills, swimming
up the sweet air to reach you. Small girl,
my slim miracle, they multiply.
In the black hours when I lie sleepless,
near drowning, dread-heavy, your face
is the bright lure I look for, love's hook
piercing me, hauling me cleanly up.

Comments about Mermaid Song by Kim Addonizio

  • Susan Williams (12/30/2015 1:44:00 AM)

    This lady wraps her reader around her finger and shares the beauty and the hardships of a mother's love (Report) Reply

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  • (1/11/2009 2:54:00 PM)

    and this one, too-a gorgeous love and look of recognition-self and other-revitalizing the on-looker with the redemption that comes from recognition-gorgeous! yes! thank you! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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