|The Ebb of Evermore
Author: McKinley Cooper PM
The story of Kearic and Caroline--a birthday story/poem for my nephew No specific form intendedRated: Fiction K+ - English - Fantasy/Romance - Words: 732 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 07-18-08 - id: 2547216
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"The Ebb of Evermore"
-Kearic lived under the waters
Not far from the windswept shore
He carved a crystal dwelling
And fashioned a coral door
-He knew each dear creature by name
Some ordinary, some divine
And every living thing knew him
Kearic, the gentle, the kind
-His hands and feet were perfectly formed
He had flowing, corded hair
His body was a sculpture of awe
But his lungs could not breathe air
-A childless woman cursed his life
(She'd birthed and buried three)
So she made a deal with the devil
That Kearic's breath would flee
-But Mercy's angel hovered close
As his mother fell to her knees
"He cannot walk upon the land,
So we'll give him to the sea."
-"She'll be his faithful keeper
And rock him on her waves."
His mother was crushed but thankful
That her sweet one's life was saved
-On the back of a great sea turtle
Kearic talked to his mother each day
But she shed many a heartsick tear
For together they could not stay
-So a sea lion taught him how to play
A blue whale taught him to swim
When Kearic missed his mother so
The dolphins comforted him
-He grew in compassion and wisdom
And became an honorable man
But Kearic ached when twilight came
With no one to hold his hand
-One evening in his solitude
He swam lonely with the tide
And saw a maiden in an ivory dress
With no one by her side
-Her delicate beauty was almost obscured
By her hat's wide silken brim
The hem of her gown trailed in the sand
Kearic stilled--she'd captured him
-He knew he had to meet her
But couldn't breathe the air
He gasped as she pulled away her hat
And down came her tumbling hair
-She walked down to the shore one night
With her long hair flowing down
And Kearic saw sweet Caroline
Fall cruelly to the ground
-In her hand she clutched a letter
That she read again and again
Kearic was pierced by her pitiful cries
And prayed, "God make amends."
-Up, away beyond the shore
A mother's cry on the breeze,
"Caroline, my child come home!"
But the call she would not heed
-There at the water's edge, she thought her life would end
Hopeless in her grieving, she couldn't even pray
Then Kearic swam toward Caroline
Who on the wet sand lay
-He watched over her until the moon
Climbed a ladder of clouds and shone
Then Kearic saw his Caroline
Standing near the surf like stone
-Her handkerchief blew into the wind
The letter flew 'cross the sand
Her sobs were quiet, but tears still came
Her reason had lost command
-Caroline walked into the raging foam
Churning waters pulled her down
'Til Kearic could not see her face:
His one true love would drown
-Kearic was there to lift her
But he had no breath to share
He could do nothing to help her now
And he wept for his dear one there
-He took Caroline into his arms
And swam to his crystal cave
Then fell on his knees and prayed to God
That her precious life would be saved
-"What grace you give me, bestow on her;
I beg thee, let her stay.
Let me hold her lovely hand in mine;
Never let her drift away."
-Mercy's angel descended the deep
And passed through the coral door
"You've been gentle and kind, good Kearic.
You'll be alone no more."
-Caroline breathed her first breath of water
And opened her emerald eyes
She saw dolphins and turtles above her
And Kearic by her side
-"I lost you in the tide, beloved;
Mercy's angel set you free.
I pray that you'll make this your home--
I love you; can you love me?"
-"Three years I loved a sea-going man--
For his ship he did depart.
His letter said he wouldn't return.
He broke my faithful heart."
-"I am Kearic, bright shining one,
Cursed to live alone, apart.
But the creatures and Mercy have blessed me here."
And his words played the strings of her heart
-In time, Triton married the lovers
They bade goodbye to the shore
And hand-in-hand the tide ushered them
To the ebb of evermore