VI. SURRENDER SLEEP

Goodbye to this shore 

Though you’ve kissed my feet 

And warmed my body 

And held my palace strong on the shore 

Goodbye to this shore 

 

Hello to these waters

Like onyx wrinkling in the night 

I see lyrics etched in moonlight on the crests 

Of waves, mid-motion

That break open together 

Bringing voice to the moonlight 

As the sea shouts into song 

 

Goodbye to this shore 

Though you’ve kissed my feet 

And warmed my body 

And held my palace strong on the shore 

Goodbye to this shore

 

Hello to my body, the world slips away from my head

Hello to my body, my skin is jeweled with star and sea 

Hello to my body, it opens like a lily blossoms in the night

Hello to my body, it’s closer, it’s wilder, it’s more real than ever before 

 

To whom do I owe this awakening? 

And what am I to do with these powers within me? 

Am I leaving, am I taking, am I wanting too much, too soon? 

And what if these waters overtake me? 

And what if my body overpowers me? 

What if I never reach the other shore? 

How should this journey begin? 

 

Surrender, sleep

Surrender to your powers 

Let the ocean take you to the other shore

Let the world slip away

Surrender, sleep

VII. SEA GHOSTS

Sea ghosts come to me 

Glowing bright, so bright, a cacophony of red 

They surround me, surround me, with their arms: thin, bright stamens

Sea ghosts come to me 

 

The ghosts caress me, caress me, with their red stamen arms 

My skin glows too, becomes red too, my pores open wide 

Then the sea ghosts summon, summon my shadows out of my body 

Sea ghosts come to me

 

The sea ghosts summon my shadows out from my body

My shadows flood out in a storm of grey singing my unsung songs

My shadows spiral around me before dropping into the sea

“Dui-dui-dui, dui-dui-dui,” is that the sound of a dolphin singing? 

Or is it the sound of my shadows crying, crying in the ocean wide?

 

“Heed, heed, heed,” the ghosts say to me 

“You must let your shadows free

Lest you wander forever on this boundless sea.”

I. HUNGER

This world chose a hunger for me

A hunger to be wanted and beheld in the eyes of all

This world chose a hunger for me

A hunger to make myself beautiful

A beauty that's quiet, gentle, and tame

A meaningless beauty I never chose

I prayed to the hunger to leave me

I prayed so many times that my prayers

became inscribed on my tongue

I prayed to the hunger to leave me

But it just roared from within me

That without beauty I would be nothing

So I stopped my empty praying

I surrendered to the hunger

The world made me an empress of nothing but beauty

They donned my body in silk and gold

They built a palace standing mighty on the shore

They filled my palace with lovers who live just to want me

But when I look into my lovers' eyes

I'm not looking for them, I'm just looking for the spider lily
 

For I have seen the flower glow in the night

I have seen the crimson blossom sprouting from the ocean floor

I have heard its siren song calling me

I choose this hunger for me

A hunger the world forbid from me

I choose this hunger for a new type of beauty

A hunger for the sensual world

A hunger for my body untamed

A hunger for the flower

I choose this hunger for me

IV. SIREN SONG II (sung by the flower)

I sang to you in dream a thousand times

Until my voice became hoarse
Finally you listen to me

I bless your boat of cypress
Now is time to start this journey
Cross these ancient waters
And prepare to be free
After your voyage of seven days
You will hear the island breathing, “hu, hu”
And then the birds, "cucu, cucu”
The birds will crown you and guide your boat
To a glass river at the mouth of the island
flowing with spirits singing lullabies
and glowing with trees in colors you’ve never seen
And where the river ends, you’ll find me
In the center of the magenta lake
I’ve bloomed here for millennia
Rooted beneath the ocean and budding towards the heavens
I am the life force through which the island breathes
I am the spider lily, crimson red, crimson red
In the center of the magenta lake, in the center of the magenta lake

Your transformation shall begin