Mariners and mermaids

An albatross to hang with all the others,
everything smothers me except for
the tranq’
and the tranq is like money in the bank
a bottle full of quiet that lets me go
quietly down the tubes.

I’m a dream or in a dream or maybe not a dream
it could be real and that’s real scary,

Mary, Mary said to dare me
come and see,
(that has to be a dream)

It has to be said
that most of this
only occurs in my head,

the safest place is
often the one
overlooked.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.