Friday, March 21, 2008

The Mermaid And The Moon


The Mermaid And The Moon

The mermaid said,
"I am sad, for my love is far."

The moon said,
"My love is far
But I feel nothing."

The moon said,
"I am dry...so dry
For I have no tears."

The mermaid said,
"I have nothing but."

The moon said,
"All of my light is reflected;
I myself...am dark."

The mermaid said,
"Even by night, my love will find me
By the glittering of my tail."

The mermaid said,
"I am neither fish nor maid
But I bear the body of both."

The moon said,
"I bear two faces, but neither one can smile."

The mermaid said,
"I feel empty when my love is far."

The moon said,
"I am sometimes full,
But only with madness."

The mermaid said,
"Pull me closer to my love
And I will kiss you for the favor."

The moon said,
"I will pull you closer
By pulling on the sea itself."

The mermaid said,
"I am less lonely
For being nearer to my love."

The moon said,
"I am less lonely
For your sweet and gentle kiss."

"Thank you, generous Moon."

"My pleasure,
Beautiful
Miss."
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4 comments:

Kelly Dickson said...

This reminds me of how we need each other, to be different and in different but complimentary ways. V.touching and soothing and compassionate. Shows that the writer is in touch with her vulnerability and i am lulled into the rhythm and feel of the words.

Fireblossom said...

oOOooOOoOo, two sexy Scotswomen in my comment box at once! *fans self*

This poem drives me insane. Some of the couplets are some of the best little bits I've come up with, I think, but the ending never satisfies me, and I've rewritten it entirely. If I could ever be happy with the ending, I would love this poem better.

flipside records said...

Super cool. I love the idea of the moon and a mermaid having a conversation.

Favorite stuff:

"The mermaid said,
'I am neither fish nor maid
But I bear the body of both.'"

"The moon said,
'I am sometimes full,
But only with madness.'"

I like that it seems the mermaid is teaching the moon how to be sad. Nope, I'm wrong.

Awww. :) They love each other.

flipside records said...

Reading your above comment about being dissatisfied with the ending ... I can't even imagine how you would knock the socks off this poem if you wrote a new version of it today.