Sea Witch Song by Tonya R. Moore
Tarah Jackson died at sea. At Tarah’s wake, a drunken fisherman claims that Tarah was killed by a monster from the deep. Late that night, while the fishermen who witnessed Tarah’s death drink and wrestle with memories of the monstrous encounter about which they dare not speak, Tarah’s grieving lover, Uma takes a bottle of rum and her fiddle to the sea. There Uma plays a song raw with grief. She lets the tears fall free. She drinks from the bottle, cries out to the heavens, and curses the sea. Along comes a monster from the deep.