Her face might pale lunation;
While being sweetened in its light.
Her tress spun from the stardust,
Flowing out across the night.
She watches over salty seas;
Guiding ships to waters calm;
And her breath she shares in morning light:
Catch sails with fragrant balm.
She’s penned as St. Christina;
A Goddess of the West.
And you can hear the sailors call for her:
Lost in fog and dispossessed.
Her wisdom brings them comfort;
Her compass, sailor’s fare:
Though she whispers in the ocean breeze
Her warnings of beware.
Her powers rein the Kraken;
And hold Neptune to his bay;
And the sirens rising from below
Cower in her spray.
Her tress made up of Aries;
She’s bold with passion’s fire,
She’ll create for you a tempest,
Should you threaten her with ire.
Her face has launched a thousand ships
And sunk a thousand one.
She isn’t to be dallied with;
And will not be undone.
Yet, she swoons at the adventurer,
Who dares a smile need:
A courage, stitched upon their breast
With scent of aged mead.
Her romance with the Sailor,
Has been known to make him bleed;
With disdain for lips a quiver;
And the want of treasure’s greed.
It’s when the moon gives way to light,
Her voice will rise to sing;
A shanty to remember
Giving hearts a final wring:
“Oh be thee safe, Be of the wise
Chart the ocean blue
For Sol might warm your coldest day
It’s my waters you pass through…
Which buoy you to other lands,
And home the fish you eat.
Don’t think me foolish Mistress
When it’s wisdom that you seek.”
St. Christina has a strength
Beyond the universe;
She stands up strong to any bore
And casts a dangerous curse.
A Goddess, yes, but more than that,
She’s the magic in the sea
And though she can be gentle
She’s wicked as can be.
Robin Clark, a published poet and opinion writer, was born in Talent, Oregon and currently lives in Seattle, Washington. She has written five children’s books, along with countless poems and short stories. After spending most of her adult life being a song stylist, She stumbled upon writing quite by accident and found it to be an excellent and delightful escape for her imagination.
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