The Undead Mermaids by Valerie Parente
Little girl skipping pebble stones
in the bay behind her little home
mother told her not to go
but to that little lake she strolled.
She played a dangerous game
with creepy mermaids her age
they said “dip your toes in the lake”
beneath the water lily maze.
Little girl offered one tiny inch
that’s when she got sucked in
groped and bitten
by those devious sirens.
Then took place the wicked spell
the undead mermaid hell
little girl turned into one of them
luring other girls to that realm.
Prominent were their ribs
with hair that became thin
so emaciated and addicted
to rotting in their grey skin.
Once choice is all it takes
a little curiosity in your brain
to turn you into a slave
recruiting more undead mermaids.
– Valerie Parente (4-23-2022)