The Little Mermaid


You will still have the same floating gracefulness of movement, and no dancer will ever tread so lightly; but at every step you take it will feel as if you were treading upon sharp knives, and that the blood must flow. If you will bear all this, I will help you.
The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Leaning her white arms
at the vessel’s edge she stood
Sunlight brings death

‘Hold this knife and plunge
into the lover’s heart, quick!
Gain eternity.’

Buy his life for mine?
Hands trembling, she flung it far
Jumped off from the cruise

The sea returned her
Immortality bestowed
‘You’ve suffered enough.’

‘Hiking with Haiku’ ~ Format: 5-7-5 poetry ~ Haiku #6 ~ Randomly Abstract


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