19 February 2019

Mermaid and Butterfly

File:Vilhelm Pedersen-Little mermaid.jpg
The Little Mermaid  drawn by  Vilhelm Pedersen.

Fundamentally, water calls bodies back home
Fun, then, to speculate about being mermaids
Fun to invert fairy tales so they reflect us.

Fundamental to mermaids is catch and release
Fun to take an imaginary friend swimming
Fun to splash her as long as she can laugh, no more.

Fundamentally, fun beckons and we resist
Fun, then, to let go, get lost in it, forget that
Fun is forbidden. Fun’s the fuel for my engine.

Function and action of the moment, I dive deep
Funny, I can now do impossible movements
Fun to swim as if flying, butterflying home.

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Farida Hisham Osman  (2008)
An Egyptian competitive 
swimmer who specializes in butterfly and freestyle events

"In a new poem, find a meaningful way 
to have fun fore-grounding fun."

My blog poems are rough drafts.
Please respect my copyright. 

© 2019 Susan L. Chast


Gillena Cox said...

"Fun to invert fairy tales so they invert us"
Very insightful Susan. All of creation dwells within us. We can make it a fun process to present in poetry and other art forms


Sumana Roy said...

"Fun, then, to speculate about being mermaids"...This is one thing I couldn't learn :(
To have fun as fuel for our engine, diving deep and butterflying home is the best way of living.

Magaly Guerrero said...

This is super-fun to read.

I always enjoy the way you play with words, and this poem shows exactly why. It reads like a dance in water, as if I'm there swimming and splashing and laughing... going from mermaid to butterfly and again, just having fun... and being.

You've done magic with the title, too. With the way you wrapped it around the poem from beginning to end.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this, especially the flying and butterflying home.

Khaya Ronkainen said...

Such a fun combination of mermaids and butterfly. Really enjoyed your word play.

annell4 said...

Love this..".fun to fly as if swimming!!"

Marja said...

I had fun navigating along mermaids, fairy tales and butterflying I really loved this

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

Indeed it is a lot of fun to wander into the fairy tale world, where imagination has no borders..a very interesting poem, a new look at ways of 'having fun in life'

Myrna R. said...

I love the mystique in this. Fun in watery dreams. So nice how you wove this fun write.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Fun as fuel. I love that image! May that fuel be in all our creative lives!

Old Egg said...

Funnily enough I looked at your illustration and my immediate though was that this poor mermaid has no legs so can't exercise like us so is a little tubby round the waist. She'll have to accept she will never catch that butterfly. Loved the poem Susan.

Thotpurge said...

Fundamentally, Fun!

Kim M. Russell said...

I love the way every line starts with ‘Fun’ and the repetition of the ‘f’ sound reminds me of shivering in the sea. I would love to be a mermaid having fun with my sisters, inverting fairy tales!

rallentanda said...

Swimming in the sea is more than fun....it is a totally magnificent experience which no one should miss out on.Rock On Mermaids ! :)

purplepeninportland.com said...

Fun to read, and I love the illustration!

rudraprayaga said...

Fun is the part and parcel of life. Well-worded.