Flux

"I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each" -- T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each,
My eyes have seen the water's ceaseless flow;
How could I stay forever on one beach?

Perhaps they took me as a child, to teach
What now I feel I could not help but know:
The joy of mermaids singing, each to each.

Enraptured by the water's endless reach,
The sweet, seductive waves of ebb and flow,
How could I stay forever on one beach?

And now I call out, begging them to teach
The wavesong that the water-creatures know:
The song of mermaids singing, each to each,

No happiness on earth beyond their reach,
No shore on earth where water does not flow.
How could I stay forever on one beach?

Staring at the sea tonight, I know
I need this flux, this endless ebb and flow.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each;
How could I stay forever on one beach?


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