Ode to a ManateeI think that I shall never seeA mermaid as lovely as she"What?" you say, "It is a sea-cow,"Aye, in this age we live in nowLong ago, lonely sailors sawA creature they beheld with aweIn night watches her siren songBeckoned to men away so longBlubber, whiskers, wrinkles and allOn dancing waves she did enthralNowadays those loving eyesBlind to faults which we despiseSee ugliness and sin aboundWhere once was beauty to be foundSee them slip just under the wavesRipples alone now mark their gravesBut like the fool who wrote this poemMermaids are finding their way home
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.