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"A Goddess of the Moon Defied the Stars & Killed the Handsome Sailor"

Updated on April 8, 2014

"Legends Tell of a Mermaid Who Captured a Young Sailor"

You have heard many a tale of mermaids falling in love with sailors of the sea, falling in love, and capturing them for their own.

This then is such a tale. It is a tale of tears and long lost love. It is a tale of woe and a longing heart.

What is it about sad stories that we find attractive. Oh those sad movies that call for a box of kleenex. I don't know to tell you the truth, I only know that I adore them. Not always mind you, don't get me wrong. I love love a good comedy as well. it is all a balancing act I guess. Certain moods cause us to reflect on our history or cause us to feel empathy, which is not a bad thing. I was in a certain mood when I wrote the poem below. Romantic tales of love gone wrong. Sigh.

My poem as well as my paintings are featured here.

The image is of my painting "Lavender Cloak" a 12x24 oil on canvas. It is from my "Victorian Series" as is "Empty Cage" shown below.

All art and poetry by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Enya ~ On Your Shore

TURN ON THE MUSIC.... to create some ambiance for my poem below.

"A Goddess of the Moon Defied the Stars en Route and Killed the Handsome Sailor"

"A Goddess of the Moon Defied the Stars en Route and Killed the Handsome Sailor"

She captured hope from his eyes

goddess of the moon

defying stars en route

dreams that might come true

this damsel demanded his last



It was not kind

a siren that stole his soul

his being



and yet

she did

what she had lusted for.

Left behind along a sandy shoreline

holding only

tokens of a memory

a princess of the land

held scraps of paper

in her wanting hands.

Later to pasted in a notebook

a boatman's remnants

one day

most carelessly

to be tossed

most irreverently


Down the line of life

a stranger who would not discern

such a delicate story

a diary had procured.

Lost love

and memories

that faded

long before

within a beauties

pitiful song and lore.

Such a seaman was he

brave to meet the storms

traveling in a long boat

cross the waves of majesty.

He called upon a mermaids legend

to find a most perfect pearl

for his lovely land beauty


upon his return

would marry her.


that mariner unprotected

did not realize a mermaid

could be vengeful.

And thus

upon seeing such a handsome bo

that water maiden

fell in love with the princess' hero.

Siren of the the sea


planned to take him captive

to meet another

seaweed laced



He could only hope for magical visions

in the depth of the ocean

where a gem from the waters

might be

for his princess in waiting

at home in a castle

so soft and lovely.

Refrains from protection

twas a heros way

never realizing jealous hearts

power unknown

can take

a sailors breath


Poor pitiful sea farer

all he could do

was lie down naked

hoping the moonlight would have pity

on yesterdays




on his mind

but ohhh

so sadly

not in time.

Don't let your dreams fade

lover of mine

called out the princess

from a grassy hillside

toward the whales

and the waves

the unknown and beyond

uselessly defied

fore deep in her heart

past gates of promise

she knew

her lover

did die.

Down into the deep

pulled by a sea vixen

who had decided to take care

of her own ambitions.

Brave seafarer was he

remembered by a princess

who reluctantly met

a most unwanted


By Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Copyright 2009

The image is of my painting, "Lost at Sea" a 65x72 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen .. of course.

It is part of a private collection.


The Mermaid Baby by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

The Mermaid Baby by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
The Mermaid Baby by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

I Say Mermaids are REAL

Do you believe mermaids exist?

Under the deepest sea

And.. under the deep sea our sailor was taken... away.

Oh the poor sailor...

It was not kind~

a siren stole his soul~

his being~



and yet,

she did.

Magic by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Magic by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Magic by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

"Empty Cage" 24x36 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

"Empty Cage" 24x36 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
"Empty Cage" 24x36 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

MANA Les Farfadais - video 5'

The Most Important Thing

Hold out for magic and fantasy and things that might not be understood immediately.

Whatever the reason for you visit here, let me know you came.

Aloha, Kathy

Are you a mermaid lover or a lover of sad tales?

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    • KamalaEmbroidery profile image


      5 years ago

      I love mermaids, more than sad tales. But they're often connected. Thanks for sharing your beautiful paintings and poem.

    • Fran Tollett profile image

      Fran Tollett 

      5 years ago

      Mermaids <3

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      mermaids forever. squidangel blessings.

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      6 years ago

      This is just beautiful, Kathy. You are so talented and creative. WOW!

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      i prefer mermaids than sad tales. i prefer fairy tales as they always end happily.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      What absolute amazing art and poetry. Of course I am partial to mermaid items but your selection is absolutely beautiful. My heart was captured.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Oh I always love a good tale. Or tail. :) But what I love even more is your beautiful artwork. Your paintings are magical! What a treat to discover such talent on Squidoo. Also enjoyed the mystery of your poem. Now I'm off to visit your website!


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