Silver Song

Ottauquechee River

Will drops a berry in a stream.
It rolls and bounces along.
He thinks a dappled fish nibbles,
until he hears a silver song.

A young mermaid flutters,
rhinestone tears unshed.
She tastes the berry. Curls unfurl.
Fingers beckon. Lips curve red.

The reckless current ensnares,
and hot sunshine entrances.
Will drifts, touches berry-sweet lips,
and sinks beneath mermaid glances.

Beware the icy depths.
Beware the current strong.
Beware the sugared-lips
that sing the silver song.

Copyright 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham

Notes: Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks to Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe for hosting at the summer threshold.

Poetry Friday Heron

For the above, I was inspired by this couplet:

I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

William Butler Yeats, from The Song of Wandering Aengus, found in Poetry for Young Readers: William Butler Yeats, Sterling Publishing, 2002.

According to legend, Aengus is the god of love, youth and poetry. I thought about the fish, and if the fish had been a mermaid…

100 thoughts on “Silver Song

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  3. I really enjoyed this story – a bit like a Brothers’ Grimm fairytale and the moral at the end. I thought it was skilfully and appropriately simply told and liked the image of “rhinestone tears”.

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  4. oooooooooooooooooooooooooooh, those sugared lips! How, but how can I prepare my teen sons for a world of alluring mermaids? I used to think I had to protect my girls…that boys could take care of themselves more. I’m not so sure. Those beautiful girls have shadows, don’t they? Wonderful poem.

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  5. This made my imagination fly. I like that it felt like those old fairy tale picture books. I love how the rhythm, rhyme and word choice just marry perfectly. Mermaids, rhinestones, red lips, curls…all of it came alive in my head. I could see the artwork in my mind and its beautiful. You painted a wonderful picture with your words.

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  6. Hi, Brenda–wow, that is definitely a fairy tale, but not so very friendly! I love the way you capture Will’s capture with a slightly sinister air, even a touch of conspiracy: “sinks beneath mermaid glances.” What about writing it the other way too, in which HE captures her?

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  7. Beautiful imagination, Brenda. It reminds me of looking anywhere, and seeing what’s there for me! Love “Beware the sugared-lips/that sing the silver song.” These stories are such a lure.

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  8. sugared lips singing silvered songs are definitely something to be hesitant about, I agree. What a lovely lyrical poem you have treated us to today. 🙂

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