By Megan Robb
In an old, old story, told and retold
Sirens, a flock of pretty bird-women
Beckoned boats with mating calls: “O Sailor
Come with us and learn the sea’s deep secrets.”
The unheard verse being “We’ll take you down.”
And they kept ships crashing and men drowning
Until Odysseus escaped their trap
With bigger fish to fry waiting back home
“Tie me up! Tie me down!” he told his men
“I’ll struggle but don’t let me leave the mast”
How the Sirens’ feathers ruffled that day.
And now we need our seatbelt straps
Only our necks straining to see what
Gruesome wrecks are being advertised
By alluring lights and violent songs
From mechanical sirens in the night.
Contributing writer Megan Robb is a writer, consultant and editor living in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her articles can be found at divot.com, wordhusterink.com, and cracked.com, as well as her personal website, megan-robb-writer.webs.com.