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."