Queen Lola's (mer)maid

As shocking as it may seem to you,
sometimes strange things happen.
Things we might not forsee,
things we might not imagine!

So with all of that said
and a nod of my head,
take a breath and begin
now our journey.

In a faraway land
on the Isle of What’s What
in a fashionable castle
by the Bay of What’s Not
lived a fairly nice Queen
on a hectare of green
with a goat and a coat
of white diamonds.

Queen Lola the Laird
played in a musical band.
She sang with the lute
and was very astute
apart from one thing
she was happy to boot.

It appeared down the stream
of the River of Cream
and arose blushing pink
like a sugary dream.
Her tail was as dishy
as that of a fishy
and scaled from
her hips to her toes.

The prettiest pink
touched her nose and her lips
and her hair
was like frosty white snow.
The owls in the trees
swooped and bended their knee
bowing down to her
beautiful locks.

Queen Lola despaired
of the mermaid who dared
to command all the chatter and flow.
From her throne in the dome
she issued a groan
and sent foxes
to nip at her toes.

Now this snobbery meant
that the mermaid who’d spent
nearly all of her life
in the Cream
felt harrassed by the foxes
called Queen Lola obnoxious
despairing and airing
her grievance!

Queen Lola got wind
of the mermaid’s chagrin
and decided to settle the score now.
With puff in her pride
she determinded to stride
all the way to
the River of Cream.

By and large did she charge
and committed she barged
headfirst, skidding along
the embankment.
To the shock and dismay
of the owls on display
her vigour had turned
cream to butter.

The mermaid of course
had hidden resource
and knew how
to carve out a sculpture.
Not only a throne
but a sweet Panettone
and some bread did she bake
for the butter.

Queen Lola sat down
to a feast with her crown
and accepted her part
in the matter.
The mermaid who’s dream
was to live in the Cream
had to serve her for ever
and after!

A moral I’ve not, nor a clock
or a watch
and a timer is nothing of service.
But what can be learned
from a tide that has turned
is perhaps to be clever hereafter.
To note that a moat
is not all that remote
and a Lola can
steal someone’s laughter.

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  • jopey
    jopeyover 2 years ago

    Brilliant Karin :))

  • thanks so much Joe! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Redviolin
    Redviolinover 2 years ago


  • thank you so much!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • peechez2010
    peechez2010over 2 years ago

    You and your creative mind amaze and inspire me~ Peechez

  • aw thank you so much peechez, it’s so nice to hear that :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSoniover 2 years ago

    Super expression ..& deep feelings…for mermaid..

  • thank you so very much :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • kenroome
    kenroomeover 2 years ago

    A completely delightful read Karin!

  • thank you so much ken! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 2 years ago

    Beautifully written Karin, makes me smile :)
    Sandra x

  • thanks so much dear Sandra xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • thank you so much dear Liz! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    That’s a clever mermaid; and I love how you said “some bread did she bake for the butter” when using butter earlier as a metaphor – it is very creative. I can guess who the mermaid’s character was based on ;-)

    But truly someone other than the mermaid may simply return attacks, or simply get angry, get in arguments… we’ve seen much of it here before – opposing sides having fights – I do still remember somehow you were sometimes dragged into the situation – questioned. But rather than arguing you always remained humble. I’ve been learning from you actually – or rather seeing with different eyes and understand why you can have that character. It’s always no wonder you do such beautiful work x.

  • you are so perceptive Mui-Ling, so deep your waters run… that time you speak of, well…..I’m still learning from it…..that’s all you can really do I guess, learn from these situations……I hope that a lot of people learned a lot of things….and that it makes us all a more empathic, caring community…..pain has it’s merits…unfortunately, I didn’t always keep my cool and I regret that but my patience wore so thin back then. Always, all we can do, is our best…You are such a sweetheart…thank you for seeing me with beautiful eyes! xox

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    Very true, we can only do our best. No one will be perfect, and rarely anyone will absolutely always be able to keep their cool; we’re only human.

  • Aleksandar Topalovic
    Aleksandar Top...over 2 years ago

    gorgeous writing, Karin please enter your writings in our group

  • thank you very much Aleksandar :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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