The Sea Torn Heart
by Mari Ness

Each note she sings digs away
at the chest that holds her skin,
her route back to the cold sea depths,
the rocks and seaweeds and lashing waves.

She sings slowly, so slowly, letting each note linger,
the way an albatross over churning waters
soars to a swiftly setting sun.

Mari Ness has published fiction and poetry in numerous print and online publications, including Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Goblin Fruit, Ideomancer and Stone Telling. You can follow her on Twitter at mari_ness, or through her blog at She lives in central Florida.