Jenny's Mermaid

Barron Brady on September 25, 2011 12:04

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    Jenny’s Mermaid
    (Written by Simon Barron and Rosalind Brady)

    Up on the coast down from the town
    Close to the end of the day
    Jenny and Grandma are watching the waves
    That break on the beach of the bay
    'These are the nights' says grandma
    'That Mermaids come to the shore
    They take off their tails and walk for a while they
    Long for land once more'

    Jenny was tired from the long day
    She was five and three quarters no more
    Her birthday prayer was to see these fair
    Mermaids swim to the shore
    And after the lights were turned out
    Moonbeams shone on the floor
    She thought she was hearing them sing from the sea 'we
    Long for land once more'

    She wakes in the small hours out of her dream
    Goes to the window and what does she see
    There on the beach in the brine and the weed
    A woman curled up asleep
    Grandma it’s true cries Jenny
    As she runs to her bedroom door
    A mermaid has come from the sea tonight
    Longing for land once more

    Down on the beach in the moonlight
    The mermaid looked so pale
    Battered and bruised and the breaking waves
    Had taken her silvery tail
    And now they were back at the house somehow
    They could see it was jeans that she wore
    Jenny spoke to her first and said 'did you
    Long for land once more'

    They made up the mermaid a hot drink
    Wrapped round her shoulders a towel
    Jenny still asking her what is your name
    But Grandma says not now
    The mermaid stares at the table and says
    'You can call me a coward for sure
    For when I was swallowing salt water I was
    Longing for land once more'

    The sun comes up on another day
    Like a man coming back from the dead
    Granny and mermaid still talking
    Jenny asleep in her bed
    Sleeping the sleep of a princess
    Dimly aware of a war
    Dreaming of those who cast adrift
    Long for land once more

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