Monday, July 16, 2012

Mermaid's Tears - Annual Repost (Poem)


The Legend of Mermaid's Tears
(Sea Glass Myth)
Once upon a time, far from any shore
A mermaid paused to think, There must be something more…
Before she could exhale another wistful sigh,
She glanced toward the horizon, the endless sea and sky
And glimpsed a sailing vessel made of cloth and wood
As seen before on her sea floor, but now she understood:
This moving dreamboat was no relic of ancient times of old
Perhaps sailors were not extinct as Neptune often told!
She swam up to the boat, against the mighty wake,
And strained to see the sailor, the myth of such heartache—
For as Neptune had warned them all, a man was not a prize,
But would prey upon the mermaid who gazed into his eyes—
She saw the man stand squarely, his shoulder to the wheel,
Understanding all at once her heart was his to steal…
For she found him so enchanting, what else but love would do?
For he could stand so proudly on a tail split right in two.
His sea legs long and lovely began to move her way,
So she ducked beneath the surface, but dared not swim away.
She swam along beside him, feeling brave and brash,
And soon she leapt to board his boat and landed with a crash.
Her arms and hair entangled, her fin a leaden weight…
Her heart seemed to have leapt too high, and now it was too late!
This captain, he had spied her as he reeled toward the clamor.
“What’s this?” he asked her tousled form, she began to stammer,
“Please, forgive my appearance, pardon my intrusion,
But I had to know that you were true and not just my illusion.
He knelt beside the mermaid, this sailor with such grace
And leaned in to nudge a lock of sea-drenched hair from her face.
She squinted her eyes tightly, then opened them to see
What sort of spell he’d cast upon her—she stared willingly.
He knew then all the stories he’d ever heard were right:
A mermaid was a siren who could lure you in the night.
They gave themselves completely to possession by the other,
And lived for years and years adrift, the mermaid and her lover.
But one day she discovered that sailors pass away,
While mermaids live forever—she’s still crying to this day
For her lovely sailor, her fantasy come true…
And now her tears have washed ashore, her mermaid gift to you.