Dance Mermaid Dance
Long years have passed since first I felt your warm,
Strong arms wrap my shivering body close to yours.
You found me, floundering in low-tide, and pulled me
From the gravelly sand that tore through my skin
Like the teeth of a barracuda.
“Fashioned from my dreams, ” you said
And I, knowing no better, took the bait.
Was it all an illusion?
I felt transformed by love,
Like the mermaid whose fishtail disappeared
And I learned to dance in harmony with hope.
But the curtain has dropped on that performance and
I return, lost, to the place of our beginning,
Searching for answers amongst the empty shells.
I look upon the sands where once
we left our patterned footsteps,
Two by two, synchronized like waltzers
And I dream deeply of our together -dance.
The water crashing against the hard rocks
Sings out of tune, disturbs the peaceful reverie.
Stop. Think. What will I do now? How will I cope, alone?
The sea breathes out its’ answer in a patient rhythm and
The words tumble along the cresting waves,
Spilling themselves at my feet.
Dance mermaid dance
I wrote this poem in response to the visual prompt of the above picture. ” What do you See? “
I found it later on and thought that it worked with the poem.