Author: Gabriel Balente Garcia

Waterwaker, earth-

Quaker, taker of lives, how


You wash’d upon our

Landlubber brood

Standing tall,
Half-naked –

Trident in hand,
Your beard like sand

I was just a child then

No more able than a sea-
Horse or an orphan on a rocking-

Horse, see? Trying to float
At your feet, each step large

Enough to unsettle trees
And each time you entered

The room or me, I drowned,
I drowned and tried quietly.

Goddess of Muted Tongues, Deity of Failed, Sex-

less Marriages, you have your daughters and they

have their husbands. You have your sons and
they have their wives. Your daughters have

children and your sons have theirs. Hell, they
even have one another. Then you have me. And

whom might I have? Whom might I speak to
about the fire of anger, and the smoke of memories?


I have the World—that’s who. So do not be angry,
Pandora, I am your heir— The God Of Botched Child-

hoods—and you have your worshipers still whom you
eat like moths. So do not turn in your grave, Father

of Candles and Beerbottle Gestures. No, not when
you hear your names pass over these lips or spoken by

the wives, and the husbands, and the children I claim.