"Human Halves" by Ellen Huang

Updated: Mar 13



If a mermaid and a satyr,

half human and full drunk

twine together their beings


like knotted fairy crowns

like dryad fitted for a tree

like braided lettuce rapunzel


would their recognizable halves

together make one full human?

or would the slime of the fish


and hair of the goat

make monstrosity like

the capricorn of the rivers?


If the two of us, whittled beings

half human in anyone's eyes

merge together our pieces


filling spaces we never knew

we had, swimming streams

we never knew we loved


would our undone pieces

together make anything change?

or would the spirit of you


and the spirit of me

return to the bodies, separated

as before, but alive,

alive, my darling


even if try as we may,

we cannot burrow in each other's

shadows, only race forward


in mythical ecstasy




Ellen Huang (she/her) holds a BA in Writing + Theatre from Point Loma Nazarene University. Often inspired by fairy tales, she is published/forthcoming in Ice Lolly Review, Next Door Villain, miniskirt magazine, Elephants Never, Awkward Mermaid, X-Ray Lit, and Vamp Cat, among others. You can follow her magic here: worrydollsandfloatinglights.wordpress.com.

Twitter: nocturnalxlight

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