Lady la Mer

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There should be some song to capture this movement

some euphoric melody to play in the background of this dream-

this half human creature

bright eyes gleaming like an intense morning sun

in the direction of the surface

(water.air.water)

breathing inside the sea

the body that serves and an embryo for feeling and movement of this kind.

There is no soundtrack,

in fact

there's nothing to document this, nothing to recollect it by.

A sailor crashing upon the shores, a story of the ancient,

sirens on hill tops,

Naiad, Lorelei, Selkie

tales from long before my time-

what to call this creature by is beyond any name.

Skin glistens like a star pulled down from the black night sky

accidentally in the wrong atmosphere

flickering on and off, Christmas lights on a skin canvas

alive and moving

strands of hair floating as if in outer space

waving like the tale of a bizarre fish.

The sailor washing upon the shores of disbelief,

who ever considered this could be reality

myth and dream and legend

flesh.bone.Cartilage.

Must touch.


2011 Moira G. Gallaga©

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jfay2011 5 years ago

very vivid poem that is full of imagery. Also love your pictures


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I'm glad you liked it jfay2011. Mermaids fascinate me, probably because I love the sea and being underwater rejuvenates me. It is different of course when you have all that equipment with you. I try to imagine what's it's like for mermaids to be able to swim freely under the sea without any encumbrances.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Great imagery and I love the descriptions. Nicely done.


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you anglnwu. Getting the right imagery to go with the piece enhances it a lot more.

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