Siren Song

I will tell the secret to you, to you, only you. Come closer. This song is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can, you are unique. At last. Alas it is a boring song but it works every time.

January 1, 1996

Siren Song
Margaret Atwood

This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:
the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even though they see the bleached skulls
the song nobody knows
because anyone who has heard it
is dead, and the others can’t remember.

Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?
I don’t enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical
with these two feathery maniacs,
I don’t enjoy singing
this trio, fatal and valuable.
I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only you.
Come closer. This song
is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique.

At last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time.

Copyright 1976 by Margaret Atwood


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