The Ocean's Daughter

“That girl’s eyes loved gazing into water,
in her doubly delightful vision,
but he was still learning the liquid language,
and there’s danger and there’s damage,
there’s envy and derision,
when you love the ocean’s daughter.

So he told this girl that of course he
had been in love once, but that girl
turned out to be a mermaid, and he
couldn’t swim or even go overboard
and sink down to where her eggs were
lying like multitudinous, enticing pearls
slowly drifting away on the luminous
white sand at the bottom of the blue

He didn’t really like the water very much,
I guess… so anyway, what this girl told me
was that after that he always, ironically,
had the blues, like a deep glinting reflection
in his eyes, like the distant echo of a soprano
saxophone in his ears…

The first time this girl met him, apparently,
he turned to her and said, “What did you say?”
and forced a smile politely to his lips, his lips
that would never kiss an earth-woman or
taste the flower-sweet air that floats through
her, although she may have any number of
his wistful, wondering children clinging to her
skirts, while her tears flow endlessly back to
the sea."

The Ocean's Daughter

Nancy Ames

Joined January 2008

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This tale is being told by an older woman and is about the way some people can use an imaginary attachment to avoid committing to reality.

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