"Song": a new poem by Emily Berry

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after Luna Miguel

When I became mermaid it was for this reason.
The girl I love is a beautiful boy.
So you would not ask questions.
Because I gave myself up to the rain
but it was too late; the rain could not save me.
And when I thought the line was straight,
I was wrong; I could not follow the line.
Thus the shore, infinitely. Thus these rocks.
There was so much to feel good and sorry about.
And I shut my legs up tight, I shut my eyes.
So I could see him better, so I could see her.

Emily Berry’s debut poetry collection, Dear Boy, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2013.

This article appears in the 13 August 2014 issue of the New Statesman, A century of meddling in the Middle East

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