The whole mermaid thing was inspired by t-fourlee’s poem Ocean Peace

I’ve always loved the sea and water and this is my take on a mermaid. I wanted to do something dreamy that showed the yearning for the sea and living in the sea rather than something cute and twee.

This is the poem to accompany the image, Mermaid


Oh, to be a mermaid

and live deep beneath
the sparkling water
in the inky depths
of Poseidon’s kingdom
dimly lit only by the
flash and glimmer of
silent glowing fish.

Oh, to be a mermaid

subject only to
Thetis’ song
weaving through the darkness
heart beating to the waves’ crescendo
and the ebb and flow
of the tides following
the moon maid’s gentle call.

Oh, to be a mermaid

to come up for air
after a storm
rescue a drowning sailor
with a cold wet kiss
drag him to dry land
to dream of beautiful maidens
with long glistening tails.

Oh, to be a mermaid

to sit upon a rock
near the sea shore
with coral combs
and pearls in
long lustrous locks
to spin a web of song
to entice a prince or two.

Oh, to be a mermaid

what fun I could have
swim with the dolphins
sung to sleep by the whale’s song
reminisce with a turtle
grow a midnight garden
full of sea anemones
and treasures lost and found.

Oh, to be a mermaid

to grow a long shiny tail
and gills to breathe the water
sing the song of tides
be one with all that salty brine
alas it’s not to be
I am stranded here on land
with two legs and no flippers.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.



Mermaid – vintage lady 11
Orange Ghiribaldi Fish
Yellow Tang Fish Aquarium
frog stock 143
Dragonfly Stock 7
Shell 12: Coral
Shell stock 53
Shell stock 54
Shell stock 55
Coral – 2
Fish Scales – for Mermaid Stock


Texture 111
Bubbles 1
Bubbles 2
Free background by moonchild-ljilja
Mossy Wall
Green under water
Grunge Texture 03


Spanish Moss Brushes


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I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    I want to cry this is so gorgeous.. what a vision…. I would place my poem beside this piece …wow really you have captured me heart mate!!

  • :-) Thank you so much. Feel free to take a thumbnail and post it next to a poem. Would love to know which poem. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Your mermaid poem!!! YOURS!!!x

  • ROFL Duh!!! Sorry it’s been a long day in front o fthe computer…

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 4 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous!!! you have such a talent and exceptional quality to your work – were I an artist perhaps I could explain – but it is more a feeling that just makes me go ‘wow’. so perfect with your poem! so beautiful!! xoxoxo

  • Thank you Shar – this took even longer than the last two. LOL I am having fun with them though. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • dorina costras
    dorina costrasover 4 years ago

    Romantic and fascinating!!!

  • Thank you so much Dorina. There’s something about water…. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulover 4 years ago
  • Thank you so much for featuring this and for letting me know. :-) Made my day!

    – Sybille Sterk

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature – this is so wonderful :o))

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormover 4 years ago

    Oh Siren of the sea your beauty is the enchantment for every eye to see! This your craft the magic of bliss and truly should never be missed! Excellent!!!…)o(

  • Thank you so much for the beautiful and poetic comment. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    wonderful creative image and the poem so well done .inpiring !!LIZ

  • Thank you Liz, much appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 4 years ago

    OH my,
    gorgeous…breathtakingly so…

  • Thank you so much Lisa. :-) I am so glad you like it. xx

    – Sybille Sterk

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