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The lure of the sea

Updated on November 3, 2011

She has been spotted many times

Heading towards the reef

Many have sat on the beach

Watching her and waiting for her return

But the woman only visits at low tide

Always going in the water

until the mist swallows her

Nobody has ever seen her return

They say there is a curse on her

That she can only be happy

Under water with the fish and crays

They say she goes to hide

In some dark recess in the ocean

Like the shy crustaceans

They say divers have unexpectedly

Come across her and gone narcotic

Some have even seen her turn into

A parrot fish of the brightess green.

The Merlion in Singapore
The Merlion in Singapore | Source

Description of poem

This poem was inspired by the diving experiences I had while living and diving in Australia.

The mermaid myth.

Do mermaids exist? Whether they do or not, the question remains : why are we so fascinated by a woman with a fish tail? What about male mermaids (they are called merman). Not much is mentioned about the male version.

In Singapore they have the merlion, a lion with a fish tail and it is the symbol of Singapore.

Are mermaids cursed if they ever existed? Can they be happy outside water?

This poem was about taking a familiar setting to me ( a diving experience) and turning it into something mysterious and magical. A good dive does not need a mermaid to make it magical. But when writing poems I find it is better if there are several layers in one poem.

Although poems can be very short, they can still tell a very long story. When I saw the rules of the contest about a minimum of 500 words, my first reaction was, " But all my poems are so short! How can I write 500 words to explain them?"

Well, it is actually real fun explaining the poems because you have to delve really deep into their meanings.

This woman is never seen returning. She obviously returns but maybe she does not want to be seen returning. Or maybe she is washed back to the shore during the night.

There is a curse on her...that she can only be happy...! Is it a curse if she can still be happy somewhere? Some people are not happy wherever they are.

When I was diving in Australia my favourite experience was finding a rock lobster who would come out from behind a rock and move its feelers gently along my fingers. There was a connection there. They knew I would not hurt them. Yet whenever other divers turned up with nets, they would disappear so quickly. They can sense if you will harm them. This woman/mermaid is representing the need for these happy sea creatures to beware of us humans. We are the ulitmate destroyer of everything that we discover.

Diving is such a mind blowing experience that you forget totally that you cannot survive like the sea creatures and there are dangers. Once, instead of diving to 20 metres depth we found ourselves at 30 metres and I felt so happy. Everything was great and I looked up and saw other divers floating above me and the sun rays reaching me through the water.

When we got out and I said, "That was my best dive...everything was great" and my instructor informed me that I had an overdose of nitrogen in my blood due to the depth and I was narked! So when a diver gets narked or goes narcotic, he can easily see a woman turn into a parrot fish.


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      Jo Anne Meekins 

      6 years ago from Queens, NY

      Very interesting! I love the water, being near it or on a boat. However, I don't swim well.:-0) I also love mythical creatures. Thanks for sharing your diving experiences and going into depth about your inspired poem. Continued wonderful and safe adventures Chaya!

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      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Hi epigramman from Ontario. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment! I did do my assignment and very nice song indeed! I knew some of the other versions but not the Jim Buckley's one.

      Canada is one country I have not visited and I can imagine where you are it will be pretty cold in winter.

      Your humble little hubspace has an incredible number of hubs! I will not promise to read them all!! But thanks again for your appreciation and meet you again on another hub!

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago so nice to meet you Chaya - you are a world traveler, adventurer and writer - a true renaissance lady, and how appropriate now that you live in France, that I am currently waking up here at lake erie time in ontario, canada listening to Debussy and Ravel with my first cup of coffee.

      Love the way you write - it literally took me to another world and inhabiting an otherworldly character. Thank you so much for your royal endorsement of my humble little hubspace and coming from a special person like you - that really means alot.

      And I have a homework assignement for you relating somewhat to the theme of this poem - go to You Tube and check out Tim Buckley's Song to the Siren.

      And oh yes I really appreciate the way you have presented this poem with a little background and fascinating introduction about your own life and how your writing all came together.

      lake erie time ontario canada 10:21am

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Hello Chaya Parmessur, I really enjoyed this poem and discussion about your diving experience and how it inspired the story, very nice and interesting. Regards, snakeslane

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Thanks SannneL. Look forward to your return!

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      7 years ago from Sweden

      I loved the poem and I loved the story. You are so talented! I'm looking forward to come back and read some more hubs from you.:)

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Hi rebekahELLE. Thanks for the lovely comment. The reason I love writing is really the sharing with others who appreciate it! I would love to read your poems as well!

      Hi Ruchira, thanks for voting up!

      Hi Denise, You have seen mermaids? I guess if you believe enough you can see anything:)) BTW thanks for your comment and support.

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Loved it. Do mermainds exist? YOu bet they do...I've seen more than one in my time. :)

    • Ruchira profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      Mermaids are mystical and I only wish they existed :) poem voted up!

    • rebekahELLE profile image


      7 years ago from Tampa Bay

      The Waterhouse image drew me in, along with your poem title.

      I love this poem, everything about it is why I love reading and writing poetry! I also enjoyed reading the background, fascinating. Wonderful.


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