Across the curving horizon, the voice of the ocean boomed.
She stood on the sand. Toes curling to the biting chill. Foam prickled her bare legs, and her skirt snapped behind her knees.
A storm wave exploded on the jetty. Seagulls wheeled.
Still, she felt him.
In the tumbling shells. In the scampering flocks of sandpipers. In the way darkness in the water drained away the day.
She prayed for anyone out there.
Until her legs gave.
She sat until the gales consumed her and drowned his whispers to stay.
(Inspired by this performance of Penelope's Song by Loreena McKennitt. Although the song was inspired by the Odyssey, I only hear her singing to her fiancé, Ronald Rees, who was lost on Lake Huron with his brother and friend. The body of Ronald was recovered, but the other two were never found. This album was Loreena's first after withdrawing for several years after the tragedy.)
Long as the day in the summer time
Deep as the wine-dark sea
I'll keep your heart with mine
Till you come to me
--Loreena McKennitt, Penelope's Song