Wish Upon a Mermaid

Merm me –
shiny gleaming teal and aqua blue
magically beautiful and intelligent,
free to explore and dare.

Merm me –
flow, glide, glissade
braided seaweed round my wrists
necklaced in seashells and coral bright.

Would that I could . . .
dive deeply
escape earth’s rancor
and rollick in rolling waves.

Of what good are legs
and human lungs
when hell
is inhumanity on earth?

What if only life within the sea
in and of the sea,
can live and love
within the lunar tides?


Written for Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, where today De asks us to write a poem that is somehow related to mermaids. Image from pixabay.com  I must admit, I have always been smitten with the idea of mermaids!

34 thoughts on “Wish Upon a Mermaid

  1. kim881 June 23, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    I love the colours in the first stanza, Lill, so evocative of the ocean, and the movement conveyed by the verbs ‘flow, glide, glissade’ in stanza two and that wonderful phrase ‘rollick in rolling waves’. It has to be better than the inhumanity of humans.

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    • lillian June 23, 2020 / 3:22 pm

      Yes indeed……and just as your mermaid traded in her tail and gills for the human life…only to find out how much she misses. Glad you enjoyed this.

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) June 23, 2020 / 3:35 pm

    I think that the sea is preferable to soil… love to dance with the waves, especially when summer is here. give me gills and fins and I will join you.

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  3. Nancy Jahnke June 23, 2020 / 3:41 pm

    So personal – vivid word picture!

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • lillian June 23, 2020 / 6:13 pm

      Wouldn’t you love to be a mermaid….just for a moment? I loved the movie Splash!


  4. Jane Dougherty June 23, 2020 / 3:49 pm

    Perhaps she’s right, that life away from our mess is preferable, to live a secret moonlit life beneath the waves better than trudging the earth.

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  5. Grace June 23, 2020 / 4:35 pm

    This is a magical world Lillian. Love how you use merm as a verb.

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus June 23, 2020 / 5:00 pm

    Well, I’ll be mermed–I love his piece. It starts off so dreamy and sweet, and then shifts gears to a hard edge reality. But, oh to be a whale in the next life.

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    • lillian June 23, 2020 / 6:15 pm

      ….or a dolphin? They’re more playful!


    • lillian June 23, 2020 / 6:16 pm

      I so agree! Some of my favorite places to be…..in Provincetown at the unit we rent every year where the deck, at high tide, is right at the ocean! Also Bermuda – for five years we so enjoyed those gorgeous aqua-teal waters. And sailing on our cruises….I adore getting up early, sitting on the deck and watching the sun brighten the ocean!

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      • memadtwo June 24, 2020 / 6:47 am

        We had to cancel our trip to the outer banks this year. Perhaps next year the stars will align. We were there for the full moon last year…magic.

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  7. Beverly Crawford June 23, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    I was enchanted by your poem, Lillian. A lovely write!

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    • lillian June 23, 2020 / 6:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Beverly. So glad you enjoyed! Always happy to hand out a little bit of enchantment these days 🙂


  8. msjadeli June 23, 2020 / 6:07 pm

    Mermaids do seem like free spirits, so I can see where you’d like to give it a try. I like the message here also, about the mess us land critters have made of things. The sea creatures get along much better without us. I like the form your first stanzas take, like waves, and lovely alliteration.

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    • lillian June 23, 2020 / 6:17 pm

      LOVING your comments here….you’ve really dived into the poem 🙂 Thank you!

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      • msjadeli June 23, 2020 / 7:05 pm

        You’re welcome, Lillian.


  9. calmkate June 23, 2020 / 6:34 pm

    a wondrous colourful rendition of life as a mermaid, great creativity!


  10. whimsygizmo June 23, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    Love this, Lill…the colors, the pull and flow of that ocean. Oh, to dive into another world right now, just for awhile. This one makes me weary.

    Thanks again, for opening the bar today!


  11. rothpoetry June 23, 2020 / 9:11 pm

    What is the use of legs for sure! When will we learn.
    Perhaps one day we will all wash out to sea!
    Well done!


  12. Vandana Sharma June 24, 2020 / 2:18 am

    Such beautiful description of the mysterious woman of the sea!


  13. sarahsouthwest June 24, 2020 / 2:57 am

    We shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the sea. We’d only mess that up, too!
    seriously, I love your shimmering word choices here – they have the right meaning and the perfect sound. Everything sounds like water.


  14. poetrybydebi June 24, 2020 / 10:18 am

    There are so many good reasons to be a mermaid or man. Love your poem and longing.

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  15. Stell R Star August 27, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    While reading your poem I experienced what it is like to be a mermaid!


  16. Ocean Stanley October 11, 2020 / 5:59 pm

    I LOVE this poem! It completely relates to me. I appreciate poetry highly, despite my age, and I think you should write more!


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