Emerging from brooding sea
she has grown feet and is dancing.
What are feet for if not dancing?
She is like a child who cannot just walk
but must skip or run.
Such lightness of being,
it is not yet time for sorrows.
It is not yet time for cares.
She has not been betrayed
nor yet betrayed herself
and so she twirls
twirls faster and faster
faster and faster
until she flies.
A Silkie is a mermaid-like creature who, according to Norse myths, can take off her seal costume to walk/dance on land. Best if she doesn’t stay on land too long though, because she will dry out, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have written about them before and you can read that poem here.