The Difference

The difference between
the mermaids we dream
and the real mermen
and merwomen who live
near uncharted islands
fishing and raising families:

Their hair is not long
and silky, it is short
like a dolphin’s, invisible.

Their breasts are not round
like the fruits of a sailor’s desire,
they are flat and sleek
for knifing through water.

They are not half women,
half fish, they are mers
with webbed hands
that cannot pluck a lyre,
they sing in clicks and whistles.

They have no need
for legs to spread
or feet upon
the land to tread.


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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