We need to have a chat, so come, sit by me.
There seems to be a case of mistaken ID
Concerning myself and the sweet manatee.
My beauty tempts artists and dreamers and poets,
(Alt. line: "My beauty tempts fisherfolk, sailors and poets!" -Which do you think is better?)
I am legendary, mystical, and child, don't I know it!
But I keep hearing rumors that make me quite sad,
And comparisons that drive the both of us mad.
I am no dolphin, nor some giant fish!
(Though stuffed with some crab, that last is delish!)
I'm nobody's narwhal, nor porpoise, nor whale
So get your facts straight, 'cause your stories are stale!
While sea cows are lovely and gentle and kind,
We are two different creatures, so keep that in mind!
I may be voluptuous, Zaftig or "big,"
but I am NO sea cow or walrus, you dig??
I know folks on land wish that they could be me,
'Cause I'm magical, fearless, seductive and free,
But these rumors are hateful, so please, let us be!
I have feelings you know (like the dear manatee).
We mermaids are sirens and naiads and such,
We sing songs and steal hearts, and entrance with a touch!
No matter how big or how small we may be,
No mermaid could look like the fair manatee!!
And manatees are so very-very much taller!
Nor do they have hair to comb & adorn,
so tell all your friends! Get on the ol' horn!
Though sailors get lonely, oh yes, that bit's true,
I am an undine- a sea nymph, fae through and through!
So eat some more fruit & put on your glasses
and stop making yourselves sound like such silly asses!
Unless you've been eating some treacherous plants,
or some pixie has got you all wrecked with a trance,
Even the drunkenest sailor can see,
that I am a MERMAID, and no manatee!!
So tell all your friends & keep it in mind,
That we sea-folk can hear you, when you are unkind,
No matter what size or what shape, it is true,
All creatures are beautiful, and we have hearts too.
--Written By Ylluria Voxx, February 6, 2013