the mermaid's kiss

Avatar_-_logoby dubbleaa04 Sep 2013

we’re all trying to recreate the mermaid
who kissed us softly on the cheek
as we nodded off to sleep
to whispers about sweet sugary things
but, before she slid back into emerald waters
she didn’t tell us “hope” is sticky
and that it would have us tossing and turning
chasing glittering phantoms
across the threshold
who evaporate when we reach out
we’re all trying to recreate the mermaid
one strand of seaweed hair, one pearly eye,
one glittering lip at a time
just to ask her
why did you lie to us?

“the mermaid’s kiss” by dubbleaa (9/3/2013)