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Mermaid's Cry

Updated on January 2, 2014
Botticelli - The Birth of Venus
Botticelli - The Birth of Venus

Mermaid’s Cry

by Laura Summerville Reed


There’s a new hole in Jupiter’s sector today

Vast as an ocean I hear

I sit by the water

And the mermaids cry

As I read my heart’s lament

There’s a new hole in the Earth

Vast as humanity

Black gold

Black death

Angry red gaping wound

Screaming for attention

And no one to nurse it back to health

When space shuttles have begun to gather dust

And our astronauts are soon feasting well

On pirog and potato wine

I hope they remember to take plenty of pictures

To remember what we all looked like when


©LSR 2010



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    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      MFB, thank you so much for reading and commenting on 'Mermaid's Cry.' It's breaking my heart to see what has already happened and know what's yet to come. The devastation is just unfathomable.

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      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      Mother nature took what was most harmful to us and buried it deep in the shoals beneath water, and even deeper in the bedrock below us, as if she knew of the harm the decomposing matter of plants and dinosaurs could cause us. But we in our fervor to go farther on wheels and to have a gluttonous amounts of fuel to do so, drilled and drilled to release this most noxious substance, that we ended up breathing and spending small fortunes on, and that now is killing some of our finest beaches in the south. You hit the nail on the head and drove home the point well here.~~~MFB III

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Ken, thank you so much, I'm really glad you liked it. And thank you for the rating :D

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      saddlerider1 

      8 years ago

      What can I add to the wonderful choice of acolades given to this wonderful piece of work. A tear fell with your mermaids from the deep. I loved it. a BIG RATE UP

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Oh, Holle, thank you so much!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful poem, but tragic. Thumbs way up!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Wayne, I've linked a couple of your hubs above. Your articles concerning the oil leak are always full of good information, well researched, your views are straightforward, clear and give a fair assessment of the situation...and your poetry makes my mermaids cry.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Much like Clarice, we can hear the 'crying of the lambs' and they will not hush. The little mermaids drenched in black death cry tears of loss for their blue lagoons. Man has unleashed the hell hounds on them with no relief in sight. I cannot get the sounds out of my head. WB

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      Blake Ford Hall 

      8 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Hopefully there won't be one. (Serious music and fade to black)..................................................

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Oh! My goodness! How can I blame it on you with an offer like that, but we could have been to the moon and back and had that damned oil leak plugged by now if we'd put our minds to it! Next time then?

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      Blake Ford Hall 

      8 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Okay, okay...I'll take one for the team. Lather me up, and put me in the soapbox. With a big sign that say Don't open till Xmas. Or until the cows come home. Blame it all on Blake4d. Bad cows a hubbing...

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      NO ONE is ever going to take my writing seriously, ever again, LMAO!! Perhaps if I lather back up and climb up on that soapbox before the rest of the hubbers sign on I can save my reputation, do you think?

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      Blake Ford Hall 

      8 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      How Moooving that must have been, hiccup hiccup.

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      I once saw a cow climb a tree...no one saw that cow but me, haha! late, late, very late...how do these things happen? One of those was hiding in the bottom of my wine glass!

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      Blake Ford Hall 

      8 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      I just read what you read twice in a row, and I once met a cow named Deja Moo. LOL Blake4d

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Blake, I just read a commentary on another site that says " Man went to the moon before he figured out he could put wheels on luggage." LMAO!!

      I suppose I should not be so surprised that this duct tape and WD40 approach to the oil spill has not worked, yet! ~ Laura

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Blake, I just read a commentary on another site that says " Man went to the moon before he figured out he could put wheels on luggage." LMAO!!

      I suppose I should not be so surprised that this duct tape and WD40 approach to the oil spill has not worked, yet! ~ Laura

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      Blake Ford Hall 

      8 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Heck with that, I say lather up lalesu. Oh wait, that kinda didn't sound right...whoops. LOL, Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, Blake. My writing and voting are about as politically outspoken as I'm likely to get, and I'm glad you appreciate the irony of it. We'll return to the moon and even far beyond that, but not in the near future, with the current short sighted restraints in place. I will step down off my soapbox now, lol.

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      Blake Ford Hall 

      8 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      "When space shuttles have begun to gather dust

      And our astronauts are soon feasting well

      On pirog and potato wine"

      Wow my hat of the day goes off to you lalesu for the most cryptic bit of poetic justice I have read in a while. I think that one actually made my head spin a few times in a row. Great work. Love it. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Ray, thank you, on all counts. Please visit as often as you wish, It's my pleasure. ~ Laura

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      aware 

      8 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      nice poem . and also your name L S Reed. a really cool poetic name. you write it ill read it.

      ray

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Nellieanna, Thank you so much! I'm a chronic insomniac. It's a gift from the gods, I so adore the night and the solitude it offers. Thank you for suggesting I visit MGP. She writes beautifully!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Laura, thank you again for your unique and beautiful take on a terrible horrible tragedy which has not begun to play out. Your words capture the sense of its nonsense so perfectly.

      I too have used nights to read and write - now that I have more time choices - I still often do. If nothing else, there's no phone ringing, or doorbell clanging then. Thoughts FEEL uninterrupted.

      My dear friend in real life has started writing on Hubpages. She writes powerful prose and poetry. In her profile she mentions that she has lupus and has limited mobility, and is thankful for the gift of writing. Perhaps some of you who appreciate good stuff will visit her site:

      https://hubpages.com/@mgp

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR

      lalesu 

      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Epigramman, thank you, your compliments always elicit the broadest of smiles!

      haha! Charlie, I probably should not write so late at night, I must read and write and it seems there's no other time in the day to do it properly (I use the word "properly" with a bit of liberty, I know), like the famous dead poet, Jack Kerouac stated, "No time for poetry but exactly what is", so I will keep at it at all times of the day and night, it seems, and learn rambling ways from some of the best, like you, my dear man!

      Oh, Sam! Thank you, the links are so thoughtful of you and much appreciated! You have made me smile!

      Mark, Hello, thank you for stopping by my page and leaving this beautiful comment. Welcome to HubPages!

      Greg, thank you for saying it's beautiful, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

      Dear Augustine, Thank you so very much, my friend.

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      An aching lament to celestial death. Beautiful.

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      Gerg 

      8 years ago from California

      Again - beautifully conveyed, Laura. When space shuttles are gathering dust and astronauts are sipping pirog and potato wine - nice!

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      markdapoet 

      8 years ago

      Poetry is what love is to romance.

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      samboiam 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Laura, it breaks my heart to see the tragedy played out before us. The Indians had such a beautiful country here before we took it away from them and f'd it all up.

      Thanks for such a wonderful poem. Be assured the mermaids are not the only ones crying.

      BTW, I linked a couple of your poems to my latest hub. I am not trying to spam you just wanted to let you know you've been linked. *smile*

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      Gotcha. sad story indeed Laura. You've quite an imagination, you must know my 'man'. x charlie punched your buttons too

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      sign me up for this exciting trip to new poetic frontiers

      where anything is possible when you have a good writer in the driver's seat.

      "I hope they remember to take plenty of pictures

      to remember WHAT YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE looked like back then"

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