Do all sea creatures have gills?
with hair falling down like
broken anemones and white capped waves
She'd heard the babbling brook, dipped a toe
in the silent witches' pool
But of course that was long ago and
salt water was foreign to her and
she didn't know what mermaids were
When her hands showed lacing blue veins and crackling skin
she knew no prince would come
who ever would've thought, no prince!
And so she hoped the flood would come instead, rise to her window
pour inside, pour inside
running in rivulets then an inch on the floor
She imagined slogging through it, dragging her dress
while it rose to her knees
to her thighs
past her waist (remember when her hair only hung to her waist?)
encircling her neck
And bringing all sorts of fish and sea monsters with teeth like pearls
So each day, she scratched her chest, just above
those sunken breasts
hoping to carve gills out of her skin
hoping to swim away with a sea monster so fierce it
could devour any prince that came along
She would ride the flood, ride it free,
and there were no towers beneath the sea that couldn't be swum out of
-- but this morning, the air didn't smell like salt, or even a possible storm
And she looked out the window and scratched at her chest
with old yellow nails that only a sea monster could love
...and then she wrote some bad poetry about an old Rapunzel.
Word to the wise: the search term "old woman" on DA brings up an astounding amount of Wonder Woman art. And a lot of it is really, really disturbing. Things I cannot un-see. Though I desperately wish to un-see them.
Also, I have a kitten! Why did the link go on the word "Also"! I do not know! Why are you not clicking to see my adorable little guy!
That is all.