Expanding on Dickinson

I started early, took my dog

And went to see the sea

The mermaids in the basement

Came out to stare at me


"Where are you going?" they asked so coolly

But with slivers in their voice

I was not going to tell them

But they left me with no choice


"I am going to the sea," I said,

My chin lifted high

They let out one collective hiss,

Retreated from the light


"We will be free one day," they said.

"When that day comes, you will be dead."