Sirena Tales


within my own foreign

erupting and awkward skin


to be seen

but as another

or better

as myself


this time could I be loved?


my guise

on the inside

bleeding out

the shifting gaze

the quick tics

distracting haze

me from me

you from me,

I might be

a gazelle

a hawk

a stallion

of my dreams

a champion

I hope I live

to tell

This is for the wonderful students I volunteer to tutor in writing, and all adolescents.  Shine on….

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About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Was married for 60 years to an Architect in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on March 24, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Professions for PEACE

    Thank you for this fantastic share from Sirena Tales! I love this poem, and while it speaks to us all, it is especially apropos how you’ve dedicated it to adolescents. Beautiful.
    Thanks again for this Eileen. Blessings, Gina


  2. thanks for reading……have some teen-age grandkids going through teen-age hell. Thought this might “speak to their condition.”


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