The Fisherman's Plea

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A fisherman laments over his love lost. --- This poem's central character is a Selkie, (spelling may vary), a mythological creature found in Scottish and Irish folklore. Selkies are said to live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. If a man steals a female selkie's skin then she is in his power and is forced to become his wife.

Submitted: August 08, 2016

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Submitted: August 08, 2016



Oh Selkie wife where have you gone?

Your children and I cry for you!

I have searched the shores of Shetland

Until the heather was dripping with due.


I gave you your coat, your precious skin,

So you might visit your dying mother.

I believed every word that fell from your lips.

You know I love no other.


Soon I'll search another place,

All along the shores of Orkney,

I might find you sunning there

And beg, "Come home to me."


If you don't return then I'll do what I must,

Your children need a mother.

I'll hide by the sea and wait for the seals

And steal the skin of another.


D. Thurmond / JEF


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