The Mermaid And The Dragonfly - Poem by Patti Masterman
The mermaid and the dragonfly
Were alone in the ocean so blue:
She, birthed out of her mother's womb
Deep under the waves, she grew.
They met on the reef one windy day;
The dragonfly, caught in the tide-
The mermaid surfaced, to save him
For otherwise, he would have died.
Each day thereafter, he'd hover,
Safe out of reach of the surf
And wait for the mermaid to come
To sun, on her rocky berth.
Love grew inside the dragonfly,
None other could have his heart
Sometimes, the mermaid would wait for him;
And nothing dared keep them apart.
When in time, the dragonfly died,
She took him to her watery lair
Sewed him a shroud, of soft seaweed and scales
So always to keep him near.
Now she suns alone, above the swells,
And sometimes, a single tear slides
Down the face that the dragonfly loved
And slips silently into the tides.
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