Friday, January 16, 2009

Ode to a Manatee

With apologies to Joyce Kilmer, this is a poem I wrote on October 9, 2008 after meditating on the subject of manatees and mermaids.

Ode to a Manatee
I think that I shall never see
A mermaid as lovely as she
"What?" you say, "It is a sea-cow,"
Aye, in this age we live in now
Long ago, lonely sailors saw
A creature they beheld with awe
In night watches her siren song
Beckoned to men away so long
Blubber, whiskers, wrinkles and all
On dancing waves she did enthral
Nowadays those loving eyes
Blind to faults which we despise
See ugliness and sin abound
Where once was beauty to be found
See them slip just under the waves
Ripples alone now mark their graves
But like the fool who wrote this poem
Mermaids are finding their way home

1 comment:

  1. If there is hope for manatees, there is hope for us all!