The little mermaid heard tales that she was supposed to be silent. She heard that the men at the top wanted to cut out her voice completely. She knew it might bring retaliation, but she intended to make her voice heard anyway. She and her fishy friends made plans to join together in a loud chorus on a special day. They would make a splashy noise that could not be ignored.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

5 thoughts on “Mermaid”

  1. I’m only familiar with one little mermaid and she has decided to get rid of her tail. She needs to do that so she can march in Washington on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Her tail always has dragged her down and kept her back rather than propelling her. Now she’s fed up and going to become very, very active in her pursuit of her rights – not simply women’s rights but human’s rights. Having two granddaughters has helped to energize her. Thank goodness her granddaughters were not born with fish tails. They’ll have an easier time of it.

  2. One of my childhood fantasies was to be a mermaid. Ha! Of course I had no idea what this would entail, (or should I say, entale)—but with life under water, you can choose whatever role you wish it to be. I was fascinated with the notion of mermaids. I put myself into the role and felt magically transformed into a romantic and attractive creature, swishing my long fantail to get me where I needed to go. Fantasy is so great, you become whoever you want to be. There I was without my eyeglasses, no ugly skin disorder, no disabilities at all. Something transitory overcame me, and there I was, a swimming beauty, admired by all, lovely beyond compare, an automatic princess of the sea. If something went wrong, all I had to do was swim away and escape to wherever it is mermaids go for refuge. Ha.
    Sometimes, while swimming at our summer cottage lake, or later on, swimming pool in Tucson, I would pretend to be a mermaid, and swim with my legs together. We would play games, such as play Mermaid Tag and “It” and the players could only swim with their legs together in the game. It was pretty fun.
    When the movie The Little Mermaid came out, I thought this was one of the Disney’s best except for the ugly, dark witch. Of course every story has to have a villain, but this one seemed excessively wicked. The story line however, was a very clever one and I still very much like this movie, one of my favorites– for Ariel (which we named a third cat we got), and her friends, the good godmother, and of course her dashing prince who loved her for who she was.
    All kinds of things happen to us in life. Evil rears its ugly head at some point or another, and sometimes, more often than we would like. But there is a way of escape in the real world. God gives us a Knight in shining armor, Christ Jesus, In His comforting and strong embrace, we can know rescue and delight.

  3. Yes , the mermaid was to be silenced
    her voice for a pair of human legs
    that was the deal , sentenced
    to a life of utter voicelessness
    How to depict the viciousness
    To grieve sob-lessly ,
    to think wordlessly
    unable to exhale every breath
    un able to mourn every death

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