Theme: Rejection

The Enchanted Rock Pool

Attracted by gleaming sunlight, coming from
The nearby shoreline, I move in slowly to investigate.

Intrigued, I peer into the depths of blue-green
Water, where to my great surprise, amorous, 
Multi-coloured sea horses gallop in military fashion
Through the seaweed strewn rock pool, 
Chasing after beautiful tiny mermaids.

They sing liquid lullabies to their determined suitors 
In a coy manner, in concerted efforts to slow down
The pursuing knights of the sea. 
Suddenly, ripples of excited water appear,
Spreading slowly across the still surface.

I ache in amazement as the mermaid queen breaks the surface
Her silver mirror reflecting the sun’s rays all around. 
I gasp in stunned delight at her radiant beauty;
Hoping beyond all things that my time has come at last.

The mermaid queen looks straight into my
Love-struck eyes and laughs in cruel derision; 
Before flicking her silver tail and disappearing 
Under the rock pool surface
Into the depths below.

I sigh, and accept defeat as always; for I am just an ugly crab
And she is one of the beautiful creatures.


More By  :  Stephen Watson

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