Saturday, October 25, 2008

"This is the one song..."

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 beached skulls

From "Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood. Complete poem, and a recording of Atwood reading it, at The Poetry Archive.

The Fisherman and the Syren, Frederic Leighton, c.1856-58


Rachel Joiner said...

I love that poem - thanks for putting it up there and reminding me about it!

BitterGrace said...

You're welcome! It is a great poem. I love Atwood--the anti-romantic.

Anonymous said...

Wow, it's short and right to the point.