Wild Court

An international poetry journal based in the English Department of King’s College London

‘Seaweed Herbarium’: a poem by Melissa Tuckman

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Seaweed Herbarium

Mermaid hair
isn’t rare,

but it’s worth
preserving for

its hue: dark green
at the root

of every lock,
brighter near

the ends, which split
into finer

and finer
wavy tendrils

bleeding green
pigment. Each

tress is like
a barium flame

that stains but doesn’t
burn the folio

page – labeled,
signed, and dated

by the mermaid-
hair collector.