Setting Psychological Boundaries: A Handbook for Women

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3 Mermaid's Song

In your family you spoke in whispers,
sometimes long after midnight
wrote messages in code,
"I'm lonely, I'm afraid,"
and when your brother
seasons later
dropped the comic mask,
shouted, claimed he was angry,
you felt strange
as if your bones were open, lined with salt.

After that, you preferred to stay underwater,
far below the surface
of the algae-laden pond
across the road.
If it was dark there, a little lonely,
if the frogs croaked
too hoarsely or too long,
you liked the solitary moments,
rose stones that lined your bed.

And when you came up for air
(as you did from time to time)
if people stared
at your blemished tail
something like a mermaid's,
something like a spotted bream's,
they loved your purple fins,
your gills of gold.

--"Mermaid's Song"

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1- Living Inside 1
  • 2- Pastures of Clover 25
  • 3- Mermaid's Song 47
  • 4- Treasure Hunt 65
  • 5- A Burning Barrow 93
  • 6- Carousel 109
  • 7- The Dark Angel 129
  • 8- Bur and Honey 149
  • 9- Into My Woman Skin 175
  • 10- Conclusion 193
  • Bibliography 199
  • Index 203
  • About the Author 207
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