Lone enchantress, darkly charming; Slight and coy yet quite disarming. Ice blue eyes burning ardently; She sees my soul when she stares at me.
I stand, transfixed, but I daren’t approach her; She makes me shrink like a doomed encroacher. She’s in my head and beneath my skin. I try to play it cool but she reels me in.
She calls me over and I waste no time, Temptation promising a night sublime. I'm over-eager but I can’t change tack. My guard’s down and I know there’s no way back.
She’s not my type but I can’t resist. My card’s marked, anyway, stick or twist. I'm out of my depth, in a different league, And my game’s soon thrown by my flirt fatigue.
I feel unworthy, she holds the power: I'm a pebble on the beach, she’s a meteor shower. She works her magic; I'm just a game. She’ll feast on me then forget my name.
It’ll end in tears but I play with fire, My sense hoodwinked by my heart’s desire. The chosen bed in the whole damn town; Heavy is the head that wears the crown.
From that point onward, it’s all a blur: A whirlwind of perfume and cheap liqueur; Like a dream in a dream in a drunken mind, I'll dredge for the memories I’ll never find.
She’s gone, next morning, when I awaken; I’ve been kicked to the kerb, coldly forsaken. Emasculated but strangely fine, I'm a changed man ever since I crossed that line.
And I’ll always wonder what might have been If I’d never caught sight of the Siren Queen. That storm of emotion, bittersweet: My best night ever and my worst defeat.
Rhymes Against Humanity
The poem Siren features in Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity, the debut poetry book by Ross Adamson.
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