She had lived in these waters
Where she would call to him
He was curious and came willingly
And together they would swim

She took him to the ocean floor
And they would pick up starfish
Marveling at their million legs
And on each one make a wish

He learned to ride the dolphins
While she swam alongside
They would lie on the rocks
With each other, preoccupied

As they sat in the sun
He would braid her hair
He had fallen deeply in love
And did not want to share

One day he had to go away
And thought his heart might break
She promised him she would stay
But he feared he’d lose her in his wake

He constructed an image of her
And placed it on the rocks
So she would remember where to come
He would return at the spring equinox

She came back every day
Waiting for her love
She would laugh at the statue
And look up above

The sun had changed its position
But he had never returned
She became tired of waiting
This mermaid had been spurned

She swam far away from there
And did never return
When he finally reappeared
All that was left
was the monument so taciturn


Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Hélène Vaillant’s What Do You See? – Photo Prompt

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  18 comments for “Mermaid

  1. February 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I would love to know where this mermaid statue sits. This tale is a poignant reminder that timing is everything when it comes to matters of the heart.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      Yes, so true. I don’t really know where the statue is but if you reach out to Hélène Vaillant who hosts the ‘What do you See’ challenge each week, she will let you know I’m sure. Click on her link under my poem. Good Luck! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. November 6, 2018 at 7:47 am

    This is a modern day fairytale poetry…

    • Christine Bolton
      November 6, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Thanks for reading it! 🙂

  3. November 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Me thinks human time and mermaid time operate differently.
    I imagine him returning as an old man with a long gray beard.

    Any relationship can be strained by distance, absence and lack of communication.
    Thanks for stopping by my post on the prompt 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      November 1, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Yes for sure! Thank you too 🙂

  4. November 1, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Beautiful story, Christine! Love so pure, then spurned, so tragic! Very well written. You do have great talent for spinning tales through a poem.💗

    • Christine Bolton
      November 1, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Thank you so much Jordy. That mens a lot to me 💕

      • November 1, 2018 at 7:56 am


  5. November 1, 2018 at 2:51 am

    Lovely poem. An ode to undying love. Thanks for sharing

  6. October 31, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    It is a touching story, she waits, unfortunately not long enough, he doesn’t respect his promise, she is gone. It made me 😭 cry.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 31, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Yes, it was sad. If she had waited any longer she would have turned to stone . Thank you Hélène 🙂💕

  7. October 31, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    a touching story, i wish she had been patient, they both had different concepts of time maybe. still I admire how you spun this story, it could be a modern day fairytale too

    • Christine Bolton
      October 31, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Oh you’re too kind Gina. Yes, they made a movie called Splash some time ago 🙂

      • November 1, 2018 at 6:05 pm

        yes i recall that, but can hardly remember the story line, so long ago.

  8. October 31, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Love this Christine! So beautiful yet so tragic. Reminded me of the movie ‘Splash’!🙂💕

    • Christine Bolton
      October 31, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Yes! That was in my head too. I loved that movie 🙂 Than you for your kind words 💕

      • October 31, 2018 at 9:53 pm

        You are so welcome. 🙂❤️

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