The Mermaid’s Tears, by Gayle C. Krause


By Gayle C. Krause
Banished to the bottom of the sea for all eternity for
saving her beloved sea captain from a terrible storm,
 a heart-broken mermaid cried tears of sadness, which
changed color and washed up on shorelines
across the world as “sea glass.” For centuries
mariners and beachcombers
have called this phenomenon “mermaid’s tears”
— from The Legend of the Mermaid’s Tears
One dark, storm-ravaged night,
with ripping sails and mast,
a schooner sought out safety.
but its die of fate was cast.
A mermaid at its side
looked like a ghostly spectre.
She’d weathered many crossings
as the sea captain’s protector.
The ship heeled in the wind,
The captain lost his hold.
He tumbled in the raging sea
His ship was tossed and rolled.
The mermaid calmed the wind
and tamed the waves above.
She saved the life of the man
she had grown to love.
For disobeying Neptune
she was banished to the depths
where fated for eternity
she missed her love, and wept.
Forever forbidden
to seek the world of men,
her gleaming tears will rise
until she sees her love again.

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5 Responses to The Mermaid’s Tears, by Gayle C. Krause

  1. Lovely re-telling of this legend in verse, Gayle. I hadn’t heard that story before even though my ancestors came from Denmark home of the Little Mermaid.

  2. I’d never heard this origin tale of sea glass before How beautiful. And how beautiful your poem is!

  3. gayleckrause says:

    Hi Virginia:

    Thank you for your lovely compliment. 🙂

  4. Kristen C.S. says:

    I love that this short poem tells a whole story. Very visual too. =)

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