Monday, January 25, 2016

The Mermaid by William Butler Yeats

A mermaid found a swimming lad,

Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed: and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.

               William Butler Yeats

(This I would tattoo along my right side ribs. In black.)


Jamie Miles said...

Awesome. I've never read this. Twenty-nine words.

Jack said...

Yeats knew women can be cruel, even fish ladies. ;)

Gina said...

I hadn't either! Saw it the other day and it stuck with me. I love short stuff. Velvet Verbosity's 100-word prompt is coming back and I can't wait!

Gina said...

People can be cruel. It is not gender specific ;-). At work now, have a little time to read then must don the mermaid outfit to swim with the fish!

Jack said...

Gender specific is far more fun. :)