Mermaid

When I think of you, my mermaid
There’s an ocean in my chest
Swirling schools, sunlit rays, parading shrimp, orca play, coral blooms, moonstruck waves…
Whales echo and the tides caress…

Oh! That flowing feeling!
That flows in flows through me
My rising chest; that breaching heart; that gentle source, but stirring force; its inner start, but to every part…
Chilled skin! Blown chest! Thumped heart!

Within my core, you are its source, that rising, tidal force…
I shiver, I tremble, I waver…
Your eyes; as waves; I’m tossed!

Do I dare to risk more depths?
I dive! But how! This breath…
I sink within your beauty
My breath… those depths… deepest…
Mermaid! This is not drowning!
What I truly mean to say:
Is that within that ocean within me
I’ve never felt such life.

I know we are too different
And we are two worlds apart
But when I think of you, my mermaid
An ocean rises from my heart.

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