This is the literary weblog of Jeffrey W. Hull, M.D., a pediatrician. It is intended mainly as a place to maintain a collection of poetry created for the enjoyment of a few friends and as an archive for my family. All material is protected by US copyright.

Jeffrey Hull

Friday, May 25, 2007

La Petite Fille de la Mer

A Mermaid, John William Waterhouse, 1901

Azure, azure wave and sky,
   Prancing pearls of spray;
Diamond laugh and emerald eye
   Beckoned me to stay.

Flowing, flowing flaxen locks,
   Skin unholy white–
Flashing scales among the rocks,
   Giggling water sprite.

"Tarry, tarry," sang the maid,
   "Bide by me a while–
Just to watch the sunlight fade,"
   Smiling in her guile.

Never, never, nevermore
   May I leave the sea;
'Tween the ocean and the shore
   She enchanted me.

© 2007 Jeffrey Hull


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