When I was a child, many years ago, I was fascinated by mermaids. Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Little Mermaid, was one of my favorite stories, and I always felt so sorry for the poor mermaid. There she was, in love with the man she’d saved from drowning, whom she’d sacrificed her voice for and living in constant pain from those limbs for which she’d given up her beautiful tail. Completely ignored by he for whom she’d sacrificed herself; alone, destitute and destined to die from heartbreak.
I never reflected though upon the story, until many years later. I witnessed a beautiful young woman, who was very talented, sacrifice all her talent for the love of a man who never realized how precious she was and so betrayed her trust for another. I realized that no one should ever go to such an extreme for any reason, much less for love.
mermaid in the woods
contemplating faithless love
Written for Ligo Haibun at Ese’s Voice