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Searching Far and Wide

Updated on June 6, 2015

He seemed to be searching

far and ever so wide

for the one love he could find

that would always be loving and true

in his imaginative thoughts

he painted wonderful pictures

of nymphs and mermaids

playing in the sea

but it always seemed

the faces were distant

and non-descriptive

it was as though he couldn’t yet visualize

the lovely face he was seeking

it was or so it seemed

that the more he dreamed

he needed to paint the one face

that would someday become

the face of his true love

they came and they admired

his work from near and far

and treated him like a star

but as much as they

scattered their praise

he remained alone and forlorn

then one day the muses

were ever so kind

and in no time at all

while they were singing

romantic songs in his mind

he painted a marvelous seascape

with a mermaid

with the face of an angel

and hair like the dawning of a new day

it was with trembling heart

that with this painting he did part

giving it to an art gallery

hoping that in the admiring throngs

he’d see that one face

the face of the mermaid he’d painted

upon the body of his one true love

the painting was a sensation

and everyone thought they knew

someone with the face that they saw

on the lovely mermaid

sitting upon a rock by the sea

then it seemed his world

began rocking out of control

and a light seemed to be beaming from above

there out of the crowd

came the face of his true love

she radiated beauty

her eyes so bright

hair like the rising sun

lip as red as cherries

with bated breath

he approached her

afraid she might just disappear

for someone like this

couldn’t possibly be real

and somewhere far off

he heard his muses begin to sing

as he gently took her hand

and led her to the painting

he saw her standing there

and was surprised to see

tears streaming down her cheeks

then she turned to him

and they were the sweetest words

he had ever heard, “I always fantasized being a mermaid under the sea”

and from then on

they kept the painting

a symbol of the love they shared

and lived in a cottage by the sea

where the muses played and inspired

and love blossomed and grew

like the roses along the path

to the deep blue sea and the golden sand

a love forever for all time

© 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this Hari.

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      Hari Prasad S 2 years ago from Bangalore

      As i read, this story of mermaid,

      i can see a lovely brain behind.

      - Hari

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Audrey and blessings to you too.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Love this mermaid story that is so romantic. Your writing is so realistic. This is the second one I have read this morning. Keep up the good work. Blessings, Audrey

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Blondey

      Thank you Eric and it made me smile and feel so good that you thought of your wife.

      Thank you Audrey

      Thank you Ann

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Well, well, what a beautifully romantic poem. Lovely. It's uplifting, being full of hope which is finally fulfilled. It does happen but sometimes, like this, it takes a long time.


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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Your work increases in beauty with each write!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lovely poem. It happily made me think of my wife.

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      Rosemary Amrhein 2 years ago from Boston, MA

      You have quite a talent, Rasma!!!!

      Very nice!!!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Jodah.

      You welcome Robin.

      Thank you Kim.

      Thank you Shauna.

      Thank you Linda.

      Thank you Christine.

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      christinemariezzz 2 years ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Nice dialogue going on here! BEAUTIFUL!

      Her words completed his firm determination. Beatles lyrics, good compliment. ..."she kept calling"... Your work here, in my opinion, paints the vividness of how words of affirmation, to oneself, to another, even while kept in the heart, do rise above the waters of uncertainty; lovely.


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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      You just made me smile this morning Rasma. That is one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever heard. Voted up and hit all buttons except funny.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Rasma, this is awesome! What a wonderful and imaginative love story.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


      Chill bumps. Hoping I can be someone's mermaid someday. Voted up and all that jazz.



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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      Interesting poem. Love is an intangible, and very different to each seeker. Thanks for a great read.


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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful poem as always Rasma. Voted up.