THE GIRL IN THE SEA WASN'T LIKE THE MERMAIDS YOU READ ABOUT AS A CHILD
"ARIEL," YOU CALLED HER, DIDN'T KNOW HER NAME BUT YOU KNEW THAT HER HAIR WAS RED
AND HER EYES WERE MADE FROM THE OCEAN
"ARIEL," YOU BREATHED
SHE SMELLED LIKE SALTWATER AND HER SIREN SONG WAS BEAUTIFUL
BUT HER SMILE WAS TOO SHARP
AND THE WATER HADN'T WASHED AWAY ALL THE BLOOD FROM UNDER HER NAILS
AND YOU SWORE SHE TRIED TO DROWN YOU ONCE,
PULLED YOU UNDER AND DIDN'T CARE THAT YOU COULDN'T BREATHE
AND YOU LET HER