June 12, 2015 by phicks2012
Once upon a time I found myself reading a little book called “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, and a story in that book inspired me to write the following poem. It deals with people who do not fit neatly into the usual categories, and was first published in our local SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, for the Shire of Sol Haven. I hope you enjoy reading it, because I enjoyed writing it.
“Where Do The Mermaids Stand”
In a world that worships Giants, seen through hungry Dwarven eyes,
Where the Wizards’ magics seem to summon gold dust from the skies.
In a time where only Giants, Dwarves and Wizards roam the land,
And there are no other choices, then where do the Mermaids stand?
Oh, the Wizards gather riches, drawn like moths unto the flame,
And the Giants gather glory and the benefits of fame,
While the Dwarves they gather assets by their labor and their wit.
But Mermaids only gather dreams, so where do the Mermaids fit?
The Giants slumber heavily in lofty castles bold.
The Wizards seek their fitful rest in towers made of gold.
The Dwarves they slumber restlessly in caverns strong and deep,
But, tell me, while they spin their dreams, where do the Mermaids sleep?
Oh the Dwarves will leave behind them what their labors have amassed,
And the Giants will shed their glory, and their fame will fade at last.
All the Wizards’ gold will pale and be forgotten, but it seems
That the Mermaids live forever by the virtue of their dreams.
[28 September, 1992]