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“She is water, powerful enough to drown you, soft
enough to cleanse you, deep enough to heal you.
When I think of mermaids and selkies,
I get caught up with the romantic tales;
that female top half with green eyes,
wonderful long tresses,
and magnificent breasts.
After many lonely months at sea,
many a sailor dreamed of these
gorgeous girls with gills.
Some of these aquatic sirens
could assume human form,
for procreation and predatory
We’ve all read the shimmering legends
of merfolk living in the lost city of Atlantis.
Mermen are less mentioned,
but they are supposed to be the offspring
of a human male and a mermaid,
like Triton and Aquaman.
Sadly, there is an empirical side to me
that nullifies the fetching folklore,
I mean, yes, originally we all came
from the sea, but we adapted very slowly
from amphibian to mammal,
from gills to lungs,
from evaginations to invaginations.
For a creature to have the capacity,
the will to change to human form
with a snap of their fins, transports
them into the realm of fantasy.
Besides, it just pisses me off
that if a man falls in love
with a sexy mermaid, his reward
was his own drowning.
I liked it better when the woman
who fell in love with the Merman
in THE SHAPE OF WATER,
was given gills, so that she
could frolic and copulate
forever in the deep.
Posted over at d'Verse Poets Pub