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Fable Of The Mermaid And The Drunks

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All those men were there inside,
when she came in totally naked.
They had been drinking: they began to spit.
Newly come from the river, she knew nothing.
She was a mermaid who had lost her way.
The insults flowed down her gleaming flesh.
Obscenities drowned her golden breasts.
Not knowing tears, she did not weep tears.
Not knowing clothes, she did not have clothes.
They blackened her with burnt corks and cigarette stubs,
and rolled around laughing on the tavern floor.
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COMMENTS
Shaun Cronick 02 May 2020
Many different aspects of soul-searching for every reader to interpret.
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my child hated this poem as much as the ice age baby
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Miracle Morris 19 December 2013
I loved the poem, the words draw your attention. Captivating you more and more as you read on, I was mad when it ended, for my eyes wanted to read more... -Miracle N. Morris
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Annas S 23 January 2010
So interesting, all of the different views... This is not about mermaids, nor drunks, but rather the unwilling loss of innocence. The way someone can take your soul... (I have always thought of this poem metaphorically.)
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Desmond 01 December 2017
Not about the unwilling loss of innocence... about the willing loss. The poem is about the choice one makes to be corrupted, or to remain innocent. We face these choices daily.
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Taylor Butts 22 June 2009
Actually Sarah Mann, I happen to think you are very wrong. It's more so about the conflict between nature and society. Allison Mo did a brilliant job of quoting Yahoo Answers on this one. You really should use proper citation when using a direct quote from a source though, Allison. Otherwise, it could be mistaken as plagiarism.
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bruhh 26 October 2020
calling em out like dat?
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silver phoenix 01 August 2008
Excellent! he is a genious
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Allison Mo 11 November 2007
This poem is about the conflict between nature, the mermaid, and civilization, the drunks. It shows that nature cannot coexist with and is eventually overwhelmed by civilization.
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Sarah Mann 11 October 2007
This is a poem about rape. After the men raped her, she drowned herself. 'She was like a mermaid taken by drunk sailors'
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purple moon 29 June 2007
how sad. very good poem, this is true, people can be so cruel to that wich is alien, yet harmless and beautiful.
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