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May 2012 -- Sea Monsters

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  • Artist Spotlight:
    Interview with Mitzi Sato-Wiuff
  • Behind the Art:
    A Sea Monster in Watercolor

    Features

  • Aquatic Monsters

    Fiction

  • Poem: Sorcerous Mist
  • Poem: Tears of the Nereid


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  • Tears of the Nereid
    by Betsy A. Riley

    Braving the Master's spell
    she surrenders her soul to the sea
    relinquishing life on land
    for the chance to seek
    beneath the waves

    Her heart is ever bound
    to those who ride the surface
    she weeps at their storm tossed fate
    but she cannot aid them
    nor approach while they yet live

    Searching in the jade light
    and dim shadows of the briny depths
    she combs the sandy shoals
    beneath the waves
    till the lost is found

    Tenderly she bears each body
    swiftly through the depths
    back to their home port
    with a kiss on each pale face
    she leaves them on the sand

    Betsy A. Riley worked over 35 years at a National Laboratory before retiring to take a federal job in Maryland. Her non-fiction publications cover computer graphics, techniques for communicating new technology, and supercomputing. Her most recent publication is a poem in the premier issue of Empirical Magazine.



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