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Sea Lullaby

 The old moon is tarnished 
With smoke of the flood, 
The dead leaves are varnished 
With colour like blood.
A treacherous smiler With teeth white as milk, A savage beguiler In sheathings of silk The sea creeps to pillage, She leaps on her prey; A child of the village Was murdered today.
She came up to meet him In a smooth golden cloak, She choked him and beat him to death, for a joke.
Her bright locks were tangled, She shouted for joy With one hand she strangled A strong little boy.
Now in silence she lingers Beside him all night To wash her long fingers In silvery light.

by Elinor Wylie
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