"Smell the sea, and feel the sky,

let your soul and spirits fly

into the mystic."
VAN MORRISON

 

Mermaid Fantasy

 

"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace."
-Kate Chopin
 

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."
-Jacques Cousteau


"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul."
-Wyland
 


 

"To me, the sea is like a person — like a child that I’ve known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there."
-Gertrude Ederle

 

"Far out in the ocean the water is as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass. But it is very deep too. It goes down deeper than any anchor rope will go, and many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea. It is down there that the sea folk live."
-Hans Christian Andersen (Little Mermaid)
 

Wild Women Swimming in Nature
Irish Journey: Ice Swimmer
Jane by the Sea: Sunset
Wild Swimming: Exhilarating and Freeing
Skinny Dipping In Freezing Lake
Jane by the Sea: Full Moon
Swimming in Mountain Springs in Mexico
Mermaid Musings 1
Wild Women Wild Swimming
Jane by the Sea: Summer Day
Fairy Ponds

 

"Smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul and spirits fly into the mystic."
-Van Morrison

 

“My life is like a stroll upon the beach, as near to the ocean’s edge as I can go.”
-Henry David Thoreau

 



"Sisters of the tides are we,
Bound by sand and salt and sea.
Selkie, mermaid, siren daughters,
Priestesses of the holy waters."
-A.M. Galdorcraeft

 

“O mother ocean, welcome me in your arms, bathe me in your waves, and keep me safe so that I may return to land once more. Your tides move with the pull of the moon, as do my own cycles. I am drawn to you, and honor you under the sun's fiery gaze.”
-Prayer for the Beach

 

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.”
-Sylvia Earle


“If there’s heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.”
-Jimmy Buffett

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

Mermaid Tavern

Mermaid Symbolism

Mermaids and Lesbians

Mermaid Fantasy

 


 

The Ocean is Calling

 

As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides.
The beach is calling and I must go.
I followed my heart, and it led me to the beach.
Salt in the air, sand in my hair.
Because everyday should feel like a day at the beach.
Every wave kisses the shore, while the sand hugs your toes, and the wind brushes your checks.
The ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, mysterious, wild and free.
An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease.
Sky above, sand below, peace within.
Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach.
Dive deep for the treasure that you seek.

 

Mermaid Symbolism and Meaning
Stella the Siren: Real Life Mermaid

What Hides Behind the Mermaid Myth?

Watch Real Mermaids Swimming

Sailor Superstitions
Water Beings

History of Sirens and Mermaids

Mermaid Musings 1
Mermaid Melissa: Swimming With Dolphins

Mermaids are Officially Cooler Than Vampires

Stella the Siren: Do You Believe in Mermaids?

Underwater Dance

Mermaid Tatoos

Joni Mitchell and the Mermaid Cafe

Mermaids and Lesbians

 

 

Sea Witch
by
Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall


Endlessly fell her chestnut flowers,
Faint snow throughout the honeyed dark;
The myrtle spread his boughs to drink
Deep draughts of salt from the sea's brink,
And like a moon-dial swung her tower's
Straight shadow o'er her warded park.

From her calm coasts the galleons fled,
The fisher steered him further west,
No port was hailed, no keel came home
Across that pale, enchanted foam,
But by her roof the thrushes fed
And wandering swallows found their rest.

The shadows touched her tenderly,
The red beam lingered on her dress;
The white gull and the osprey knew
Her tower across the leagues of blue.
The wild swan when he sought the sea
Was laggard through her loveliness.

 

“I just love mermaids. I was a mermaid in my past life. I just feel it when I go in the sea.”
-Ella Henderson

“The sea always filled her with longing.”
-Cornelia Funke

“Your soul is so bohemian, free and gypsy wild. Come swim with me in the calming sea, let's be mermaids for awhile.”
-Melody Lee

 

Mermaids Explained

Real Mermaids

City of Dreams: Mermaid Show

Mermaid Myths

From Manatees to Mermaids

Mermaids in Movies

Melissa the Mermaid: Living Underwater

Mermaid Myth and Legend

The Mermaid Effect

Jane by the Sea: Summer Day
Fairy Ponds

Aquarium of Paris: Mermaid Show

Mermaid Musings 1
Mermaids and Lesbians

Magical Celtic Mermaid

 


“People want to believe in mermaids.”
-Christina Henry

 

“She would be half the world away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by the moonlight.”
-Janet Fitch

“She dreams of the ocean late at night and longs for the wild salt air.”
-Hannah Fraser

“There's always a woman somewhere, a child, a princess, a witch, a stepmother, a mermaid, a fairy godmother, or one as wicked as she is beautiful, or as beautiful as she is good.”
-Jeanette Winterson
 

Stella the Siren: Real Life Mermaid

Mermaid Facts
Watch Real Mermaids Swimming

Mermaid Melissa: Swimming With Dolphins

Types of Mermaids

Aquarium of Paris: Mermaid Show
Mermaid Musings 2

Stella the Siren: Do You Believe in Mermaids?

Underwater Dance

Mermaid Fun Facts

Fantasy Mermaids: Lake Michigan

 

 

Queer Mermaid Books

Drowned: A Mermaid's Manifesto by Theresa Davis
Lesbian Purple Space Rainbow Mermaid Queen by Marissa Alexa McCool and Casper Rigsby
The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan
Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember
The Witch Sea by Sarah Diemer
Mermaid's Daughter by Ann Claycomb
Secret of Mermaid Cove by Megan Derr
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
Aurabel (Lorali #2) by Laura Dockrill
Ice Crypt (Mermaids of Eriana Kwai, #2) by Tiana Warner
The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag
Ice Kingdom (Mermaids of Eriana Kwai, #3) by Tiana Warner
Your Heart Will Grow (The Absolutes, #1) by Chace Verity
Moon-Bright Tides (Lunar Requiem, #1) by RoAnna Sylver
Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh
Surface Tension by Valentine Wheeler
A Fish Out of Water by Karin Kallmaker
Scales of Gold by L.B. La Vigne
Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal
The Mermaid by Leila Bryce Sin
Girl at the Bottom of the Sea (Chelsea, #2) by Michelle Tea
Mermaid in Chelsea Creek (Chelsea, #1) by Michelle Tea
A Melody in the Deep by Cara N. Delaney
Waves of Love by Free Coman
Seduced by a Mermaid by Cara Layton
Meeting the Mermaid by Crea DelRand
Love in the Water by T.F. Wright
Aquicorn Cove by Kay O'Neill
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

 

 

Mermaids Explained

Real Mermaids

City of Dreams: Mermaid Show

Mermaid Myths

From Manatees to Mermaids

Mermaids in Movies

Melissa the Mermaid: Living Underwater

Mermaid Myth and Legend

The Mermaid Effect

Aquarium of Paris: Mermaid Show

Mermaid Musings 1
Mermaids and Lesbians

Magical Celtic Mermaid

 

"Sisters of the tides are we,
Bound by sand and salt and sea.
Selkie, mermaid, siren daughters,
Priestesses of the holy waters."
-A.M. Galdorcraeft

 

"My love for you is as deep as the ocean.
But you were afraid to leave the shore."
-Mermaid Phantom

"The selkie sits on solemn sands,
Her hair a curtain wet.
She sings her songs of splendid seas.
A shining silhouette.
Her lily coat lies loosely strung,
Her shoulders slim and white.
She sighs with sounds of salty spray,
A voice of naught and night."
-Petei Davies
 

"I have seen the sea when it's stormy and wild; when it's calm and serene; when it's dark and moody; and in all its moods, I see myself."
-Martin Buxbaum

 

 

Mermaids Explained

Real Mermaids

City of Dreams: Mermaid Show

Mermaid Myths

From Manatees to Mermaids

Mermaids in Movies

Melissa the Mermaid: Living Underwater

Mermaid Myth and Legend

The Mermaid Effect

Aquarium of Paris: Mermaid Show

Mermaids and Lesbians

Magical Celtic Mermaid


Dance of the Water Nymph
by Victor Buhagiar

Despite the large orange flowering flame tree
That shaded my veranda, the summer heat was intense.
No amount of ice-cold beer could quench my thirst.

A stone throw away was my lovely verdant wood.
It lured me towards a more shadowy place.
Iridescent hues filtered through high branches
Of dark oak trees and stately ashes.
I trod the path, dotted with dubious luminous toadstools.

Distracted I mistook my normal path.
A large hawthorn hedge seemed to block my way,
Till I found an opening, a dreamlike scenario.
There a rivulet twisted its way among the trees
Growing fast till it became a pool in front of a dark deep cave.

Blossoms evanescence fragrance of the wood supplanted
The scent of flowing waters adorned with lotus flowers.
Distant vibrant music echoed with euphonic refrains.

 



Dancing above the hazy pool was a sight never to be forgotten.
She was beauty in perfection, a palpable poetic water sprite.
Spying me on the bank, she beckoned me to join her.
Who could resist such a soft embrace as we danced
Above the lotus covered pool while meadowlarks
Accompanied us with their warbling tunes?

My heart was filled with radiant love,
Ethereal whispers warmed my yearning heart.
Her luscious lips suddenly brushed mine.
Her loving embrace charmed me into surreal ecstasy
Her alluring eyes sent loving messages
As somehow, I felt the pull of the upper skies,
A feeling of unforgettable emotional attainment
Riding the woolly cooling clouds.

I woke from my trancelike riddle
As I found myself back on my veranda.
I had to find her again, but the sun was setting.
I resigned myself to fate. Was all I saw unreal and imaginary?
I desperately longed for a new morn and a new encounter.

 

Wild Women Swimming in Nature
Irish Journey: Ice Swimmer
Jane by the Sea: Sunset
Wild Swimming: Exhilarating and Freeing
Skinny Dipping In Freezing Lake
Jane by the Sea: Full Moon
Swimming in Mountain Springs in Mexico
Wild Women Wild Swimming

Mermaid Musings 2

Jane by the Sea: Summer Day
Fairy Ponds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaids Explained

Real Mermaids

City of Dreams: Mermaid Show

Mermaid Myths

From Manatees to Mermaids

Mermaids in Movies

Melissa the Mermaid: Living Underwater

Mermaid Myth and Legend

The Mermaid Effect

Aquarium of Paris: Mermaid Show

Mermaids and Lesbians

Magical Celtic Mermaid

 

"Sisters of the tides are we,
Bound by sand and salt and sea.
Selkie, mermaid, siren daughters,
Priestesses of the holy waters."

-A.M. Galdorcraeft

 

"On the beach, you can live in bliss."
-Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys)


"There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away."
-Sarah Kay

“To escape and sit quietly on the beach. That’s my idea of paradise.”
-Emilia Wickstead

”To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.”
-Jeanne Moreau

 

Mermaid Tavern

Mermaid Symbolism

Mermaids and Lesbians

Mermaid Fantasy


Blue Eyed Mermaid Of The Sea

by Michael Shadows Cool

It was many and many years ago
In the green froth by the sea,
She came to mind a vision
Of one stunning and loving as can be.

She came arrayed pearly white
With locks of reddish silky hair;
And lips of apple butter;
Thus hearing her voice,
I took to flight off to sea;
To find her, my radiant phantom
And bring her home to me.
 



Then I saw a lovely nymph
And there I took to asking,
That I was searching frantic,
For the blue eyed one of the sea,
The thrilling beauty of thought to me.

 

Without a word she gave no answer,
She shrugged her shoulder at me glancing;
A sorry look, it looked to be
As she flipped around back to sea.

The coldest chill then I felt,
The coldest spray of the ocean pelt;
Beading through me unmercifully,
Dreaming of this beauty of the sea.

Ah, but in the crushing roar,
As if up from the ocean floor;
I turned to look and there I saw
The beautiful maiden I'd seen before.

Arrayed in blue like the ocean hue,
And locks of silver up and through.
And as she swam closer to
I looked and saw what appeared to be
The blue eyed mermaid of the sea!
 

 

Imagining the Modern Mermaid

Swimming With Mermaids

Mermaid Visions: Sexual Politics of Women and Water

City of Dreams: Mermaid Show

Beauty Beyond Binaries: Mermaid Trend Has Special Meaning for Trans Women

Underwater Dance

Mermaid Musings 2

Mermaids and Lesbians

Aquarium of Paris: Mermaid Show

Relaxing Mermaid Swim

 

"The turquoise tide shimmered in shades of mermaid tails against the alabaster shore.”
-Karen Marie Moning

 

"The beach is a place of solitude where I can set my spirit free and relax."
-M. L. Borges

"The mermaid is an archetypal image that represents a woman who is at ease in the great waters of life, the waters of emotion."
-Anita Johnson

 

“Way down to the bottom of the ocean to find where the mermaids sang, each to each. Where there was danger and beauty and light.”
-Marisha Pessl

 

 

Mermaid Tavern

Mermaid Symbolism

Mermaids and Lesbians

Mermaid Fantasy

 

"She is water, powerful enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you."
-Adrian Michael

 

"It all began with a mermaid. That's what she must have been. that girl who stood in the darkening sea, who tilted her face defiantly to catch the raindrops, who captured my heart without a single word."
-Octavia

 

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it.”
-Margaret Atwood

 

“The mermaids came to me finally, in the pink hours of my existence. They are my consolation.”
-Sue Monk Kidd
 

Wild Women Swimming in Nature
Irish Journey: Ice Swimmer
Jane by the Sea: Sunset
Wild Swimming: Exhilarating and Freeing
Skinny Dipping In Freezing Lake
Jane by the Sea: Full Moon
Swimming in Mountain Springs in Mexico
Wild Women Wild Swimming

Mermaid Musings 2
 

 

Atlantean Angelflower:

Mermaid of the Sea

By Kazytc

Rising into spirit from her watery demise,
The mermaid angel raven haired with blue eyes.
She has risen from the deep blue sea,
Despite drowning on Atlantis where once lived she.
But now she guards the ocean she drowned in,
Protecting sailors and all with a fin!
The mermaid angel of the sea,
As beautiful as she could be.
With such finesse she serves the ocean,
Like an Angelflower opening in calming slow motion.
Her beauty knows no boundary,
Inner loveliness pure as can be.
Adorning the ocean and also heaven,
Reverent and empathic and as cardinal as seven.
Serene and calming she in hue,
Of beautiful varying shades of blue.
Brightening up the cloudy sky,
As she ascends from the sea on high.
Her spirit lives on Atlantis still,
Her healing presence alone can thrill..
Oh beautiful Angelflower mermaid of the sea,
Protector of the sailors a guarantee.
 

Mermaid Tavern

Mermaid Symbolism

Mermaids and Lesbians

Mermaid Fantasy

 

 

"A Mermaid does not fear the depths, for she is no stranger of the darkness and the cold. It was the darkness that made her scales shine so brightly, and it was the cold that made her heart so warm. She does not fear the deep for she has been to the bottom and knows that she can rise."
-Mermaid Phantom

 

"Damp-haired from the bath,

you drape yourself upside down

across the sofa, reading,
one hand idly sunk into a bowl
of crackers, goldfish with smiles stamped on.
I think they are growing gills, swimming
up the sweet air to reach you. Small girl,
my slim miracle, they multiply.
In the black hours when I lie sleepless,
near drowning, dread-heavy, your face
is the bright lure I look for, love's hook
piercing me, hauling me cleanly up."

-Kim Addonizio

 

"Come evening sunset, the ocean sprays glitters in the low golden rays. She feels the salted waves flow through her hair as she writes the secrets of her heart in the pink tinted sands with hope her love is swept freely from its anchors."

-Pink Crayon

 

Wild Women Swimming in Nature
Irish Journey: Ice Swimmer
Jane by the Sea: Sunset
Wild Swimming: Exhilarating and Freeing
Skinny Dipping In Freezing Lake
Jane by the Sea: Full Moon
Swimming in Mountain Springs in Mexico
Wild Women Wild Swimming

Mermaid Musings 2

Jane by the Sea: Summer Day
Fairy Ponds

 


Sea Witch Lament
by Ruby Dragneel


Oh me oh my, how do I begin.
Well, when once I was of a ruling kind, following in the footsteps of my kin.
But brother dear never saw things my way, all of my ideas were of sin.
Though I was supposed to be older and wiser than he,
He had the gall to disagree.

And so he decided to banish me to the far reaches of the sea.
Away from his new kingdom.
Away from his light.
Now you may see the reason for my plight

I wanted things to be fair in my kingdom, everything would be give and take.
But no, there became a hierarchy appearing in his wake.
Everyone had a purpose, and everyone had a place.
I became his family's one disgrace.

I live my life in squalor, with eel companions as my company.
As he lives his in splendor, basking in his little symphony.

 



His daughters sing, and his subjects cheer.
But none know of why he should be feared.
He has power, maybe stronger than me.
As he cast me out of his new society.

 

His daughter came, and I was glad.
I could teach a lesson, it wouldn't be too bad.
I wanted to show her life was not all fun.
And so I would show her what it would feel like to lose when all was done.

She told me of her love, oh how carefree was she.
But I know young love will not last, and so she would see.

I gave her a choice, a fair one at that.
And she accepted, simple, but she could no longer stay and chat.


She had a time limit, but more importantly yet
She had to give her voice, though she needn't fret.
All she had to do was prove me wrong.
Then she could once again sing her silly little song.

But she had went and done it. And I do admit
That in a little rage I threw a little fit

I tried to force her out of this ridiculous love.
And so I, myself ventured above.

I tried to take this love of hers away.
She would have thanked me some day.
But everyone had become undone.
And in the end she and her rose tinted view on life had won.
 

I had been impaled with a ship by Triton's new son.
I sank into the depths as I heard them merrily cry.
And realized that I was the wicked witch in this tale that had to die.

 

 

Stella the Siren: Real Life Mermaid

Mermaid Facts
Watch Real Mermaids Swimming

Mermaid Melissa: Swimming With Dolphins

Types of Mermaids

Aquarium of Paris: Mermaid Show
Mermaid Musings 2

Stella the Siren: Do You Believe in Mermaids?

Underwater Dance

Mermaid Fun Facts

Fantasy Mermaids: Lake Michigan

 

The Ondine
By David Furlong

In reservoirs, far underground,
where stalagmites are sometimes found.
In lakes and ponds and puddled pools,
in mist and marsh and snow that cools,
I hide beside my sisters.

In issuing springs that sparkle bright,
on stony slopes of shade and light,
to flowing streams that twist and turn,
past meadow banks of grass and fern,
I glide beside my sisters.

In river reach with rippling flow
‘tween rush and reed I always go,
to delta mouths both deep and wide,
which seas contest at every tide,
to glide beside my sisters.

In raging rapids torrents race,
or waterfall’s tumultuous pace,
in storm lashed seas, which crash and break,
on shingle shores that white waves rake,
I ride beside my sisters.

And who am I that rides so free,
who glides and hides so easily;
a mermaid in the salty sea,
a naiad or a white kelpie?
A water nymph you just might see,
me ride, beside my sisters.

 

 

Mermaid Tavern

Mermaid Symbolism

Mermaids and Lesbians

Mermaid Fantasy

 


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