Mindlovemisery Menagerie ~ Wordle #287 ~ #Poetry

The Mermaid

She lay on the sand, an ethereal figure
Her blue-green tail brittle, Her ivory skin pale
The summer heat shimmering, a halo around her
I had found a mermaid, an angel from the sea
I cannot stop to think why she had beached herself this way
Only one way to save her
Kicking off my shoes as I ran toward her
Gently lifting her body, I walk her into the sea
Taking her home…

©AnitaDawes2022
Image by 0fjd125gk87 from Pixabay 

Sweet Water… #Poetry

Sweet Water

On knees of broken glass
I crawl towards the sea
My home, my family lie beneath the waves
The pain of having legs drives me on
I reach the sweet water, my life
Letting myself sink into darkness
The pain gone, my tail restored
I find my kingdom as I left it
Father, cross at my foolishness
Will the memory of pain
Stop me returning to the land?
He will try to call me back
I will feel a different kind of pain
The loss of his love
I am water, he is land
We cannot be...

©AnitaDawes2022

#MLMM ~ Photo Challenge 369 ~ #Poetry

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Pexels.com

I had fallen into a strange rabbit hole
It is dark blue and very wet, fish surround me
Someone has plunged a staircase into the water
It is rusty, making the water around it look pink
Inviting me to step on, come on up
Should I, shouldn’t I, bang around in my head
What is up there?
Is it safe, should I turn back the way I came?
I was swimming with friends, they should be somewhere
I am too close to the stairs; I touch the bottom tread.
I hear the muffled sound of voices
“I wonder where she has gone
One minute she was behind us,
the next gone like a puff of smoke.
Are they talking about me?
Forgetting, I am under water, I shout “I’m here.”
The water would not let me ascend the stairs
I could see my skin changing colour
I am turning a beautiful shade of blue
Not scales exactly. I no longer need my oxygen mask
I open my eyes on the beach
“She’s back!” Jack’s voice
“Massive bump on her head, but she’s back!”
Part of me felt sad, for I was looking forward
to being a mermaid…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 187 #PhotoPrompt

Sally Cronin provided the photo for this month’s photo challenge:

I
Should have
Held her more
Loved her better
She ran far from me
Held by a lobster pot
golden mermaid waits freedom
This I must give back to her now
Together we live beneath the waves
I will hold her more, love her much better…

©anitadawes 2020