|A Mermaid by John Williams Waterhouse, 1901|
Recently there has been debate
and wild imagination,
On the subject of mermaids, their temperaments,
and their subaquatic nation.
Pirates* sought a mermaid's tear
And a fountain to keep youth fresh,
But the mermaids which they found then lured the crew
to bloody and violent deaths.
It reminded me of Peter Pan,
written by James M. Barrie;
When the Darling children accompanied Peter
on Adventures, bright and merry.
Wendy pleaded to see the mermaids,
"How sweet!" said she, but upon Peter's worried glance;
"Are mermaids not sweet?" she asks,
He answers, "They'll sweetly drown you, if given the chance."
A hundred years apart, these tales,
yet both comment on the sinister hidden under the fair.
As like the sea in which they live,
these mermaids with long, flowing hair.
But a lighter side to the mermaid, there is-
Captured in this quaint little chant;
Ogden Nash comments not on her personality- or morality-
But simply what she can do and what she can't!
by Ogden Nash
Say not the mermaid is a myth,
I knew one once named Mrs. Smith.
She stood while playing cards or knitting;
Mermaids are not equipped for sitting.
*Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides
|Disney's Peter Pan "We were only trying to drown her..."|
|2003 version of Peter Pan; A great deal more sinister.|
|The Sleeping Mermaid, by Josephine Wall|
|Beware White Cap Cove.|