Saturday, September 3, 2011

Winged Dryad

[Death of a Mermaid image from the internet
posted for Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads Picture Prompt Friday
Reposted for Poets United's Poetry Pantry February 2, 2014] 

She bursts out of the sea
a winged dryad
in the foam,
her gown
all the colors
of the ocean
that's her home.
Seahorses
cascading
from her
seaweed-laden hair,
she rides waves
outlined in beauty
 by the luminescence
there.

Her home is a cavern
below the coral reefs,
her bed a captain's cabin
in a ship that never sleeps.
She dines daintily with  whales,
plankton and krill from their baleen,
a shared feast of tiny edibles
 on leaves
of darkest green.

When lungs grow tight
that's when you'll see her,
looking like a wave,
her wings
faintly visible,
face beautiful
and grave.
She flings herself onto the rocks,
draws back
in sinuous dance,
under a silvery midnight sky,
her mournful song
perchance
remembering
 a time Before
that stopped too soon,
and she wont be back
until the next
full moon.

She sails away
 on a ghost ship
with an emerald-laden mast.
As the golden sunset
takes her in,
she slips into
the past.


37 comments:

  1. oh I love this!!! brilliantly creative - the story so defined and established - fantastic write here! truly enjoyed it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You have characterized her well, Sherry@

    ReplyDelete
  3. This has all the mystique of established mythology, or of an ancient ballad sung by a sad man playing a lute..
    I smiled to see the seahorses cascading from her hair, as did my personification of the sea.. I'm glad yours has escaped death altogether by becoming immortal.
    I think my favourite stanza is the one that describes her home beneath the waves - it appeals to my imagination, and I must note the cadences created by the subtle use of rhyme.

    ReplyDelete
  4. A haunting description of this sea creation.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow... fabulous descriptions, a powerful sea dance of waving words and actions.
    You painted a masterpiece with this work Sherry.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Excellent write, I love the image of her that grows and flows through the piece.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Aye, Sherry, I know I wasn't the only one who could see them.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sherry, this is absolutely beautiful. Very descriptive and great word choice. Mighty fine job!
    I really liked this:

    Her home is a cavern
    below the coral reefs,
    her bed a captain's cabin
    in a ship that never sleeps.

    Liked the rhyme that danced within this poem.

    ReplyDelete
  9. beautiful imagery Sherry... this line drew me in "her gown
    all the colors
    of the ocean" especially:-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is beautiful and the image you found is the perfect compliment to your poem.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sherry, what a beautiful sight this would be to behold. I like the idea of an 'emerald-laden mist.' You brought the image to life with your words!

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a stunning apparition you have shown, Sherry! The painting you chose complements your poem in a most effective manner.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Excellent all round. Great flow and so imaginative.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great imagery pictured in your words. A tale of the life of mermaid so poignantly penned.
    -HA

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great imagery pictured in your words. The tale of the life of mermaid penned in such a poignant way.
    -HA
    P.s.- Please ignore my previous comment, which I posted by mistake.

    ReplyDelete
  16. After I saw the image you put there in the beginning, I thought it would take something special to do justice to the image. To be frank the poem was absolutely perfect. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is a most beautiful ballad. It could be as old as the sea. Lovely, Sherry! This is one of those "I wish I had written this" for me.

    ReplyDelete
  18. this feels like a myth or story that you might tell children...its cool the life you have given that burst of sea mist, turned woman---personally i rather like the sea horses in her hair....and the life energy she has....

    ReplyDelete
  19. So much image in this poem. It reminds a poem I wrote "Pandora". Beautiful writing!

    ReplyDelete
  20. this is most beautiful.. the beauty of a breaking wave, but also the sadness of perfection lost.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I always wanted to meet a mermaid . . . now even more!
    Mermaids - Wild women of the sea.
    Perfect subject for a wild woman to write about.

    ReplyDelete
  22. You've captured the spirit of the ocean with such beauty. I can see the Goddess as a motherly soul who protects all life.

    ReplyDelete
  23. It was like watching a movie, Sherry! Trust me...It's sooo imaginative! I love it.It's beautiful and has a great feel to it.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh, this is so dreamy, Sherry! I love the ending how she slips into the past ... I read it as if she didn't really die, but just slipped into another dimension. Gorgeous imagery! :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. great use of imagery and fantasy, luv the companion photo; awesome write

    Have a nice Sunday

    much love...

    ReplyDelete
  26. packed full of mystique and story telling Sherry...all kinds of visuals and imagery... loved it...

    ReplyDelete
  27. Oh Sherry, this poem is one of your best. I love the imagery, it went straight to that place within me, which thrives on stories and magic and beauty. You really outdid yourself here.

    ReplyDelete
  28. how utterly beautiful this is, Sherry - inspired writing, as if the words found you in the deep...

    ReplyDelete
  29. Wow! What a powerful water element you have created here, Sherry! ~ at the end 4 last lines - I see little kids, listening to your story and open the mouth in surprise: "Why? " :)x Enjoyed very much!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Love love this Sherry---gorgeous imagery throughout--

    ReplyDelete
  31. You brought her to life well Sherry. Burst out of the sea and off the page.

    ReplyDelete
  32. you have captured this so enchantingly!

    ReplyDelete
  33. A living under the sea that creates that certain euphoria of romances of a wonderful story. Great write Sherry!

    Hank

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love the imagery you have created here, Sherry. This is a beautiful post.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Nice composition! I really the first three lines....create lovely imagery!:)

    ReplyDelete

I so appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
Thank you so much. I will be over to see you soon!