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

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Artist's Description

This is a grown-up version of the wish a lot of us had when we were little girls. :-)

It was inspired by t-fourlee’s poem Ocean Peace

There’s a photo manipulation to go with this poem Mermaid


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