Colliding Plangents Pulling Cecaelia Apart by Jessica Ni Leacai

A wait that weighed an anchor,
strapped to this frightened frame,
currents collecting all cautions uncourteous of shame.

Waves dare not waft the wretched siren,
as sentries craved singly lustful leisure,
emotions not bought with beauty nor pleasure.

Perched high upon the hanging rock,
fiends prim lies to fawn their fantasies,
as if this cilophyte coerced such travesties.

Daybreak castaways sip a cozened challice,
on coastlines, how harrying harlots lay,
as Cecaelia pleads no more the Punic promises made.

* Plangents- description of the sounds of the sea and it’s waves, reverberating and mournfully resonating

* harlots- in this instance referring to a male vagabond/beggar/rogue, promiscious males

* harrying- disturbing/distressing with repeated attacks, mostly war time

* cozened- deceived/deceitful, fraud, trick

* cilophyte- a type of sea creature/ mermaid

* Cecaelia – mythical creature with arms, head, torso of a woman and bottom torso that of a squid or octopus. Known to lure ship wrecked men

* Punic- tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans


This poem can be read here-


About jessienileacai

Irish speaker and artist. I love music, art, languages,literature, history, travel, photography, and comedy. I love Ireland, my heritage, the old ways and the beauty and people of this small island and its surrounding tiny islands
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