Tammy Darby


The Mermaid

Royalty
She dwells in the sea- green palace of her father
The mermaid swam alone on blustery days
The seed of the water god Neptune and a river nymph
Her beauty blind the sun and his morning rays

On days of boredom
She swam with the white dolphins
Riding high on heaving rolling waves
Other times with Omura's whales dive deep
Or play in a red coral reef bay
Tickling blue crabs that walked on the sandy bottom
Exploring the dark octopus caves

Floating often with the deadly jellyfish
Keeping her silver scaled tail very still
Or wiggling through the raging currents of the ocean
With the graceful ribbon eels

The day passed and ended
She became weary
Came time to rest her head
Returning to the flowing green kelp palace
And slept on a starfish bed



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