The Mermaid

Neptune answers the mermaid’s

fervent pleas and lets her leave his

realm a woman. He splits her tail

and lets her take a cowrie shell

and a clump of seaweed to make

a crotch: and she grabs passing

jellyfish like two bags of silicone;

and white pebbles for toes: and makes

friends of turtles and mudskippers,

so as not to leave the sea alone.

 

 

(Julian O’Dea)

 

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