The pain of a mermaid

A mermaid
I met in the
Busy street
Of Copenhagen,
Looking lovelorn;
You still there?
Waiting for the
Prince?
I ask a bit pained;
She looks dejected and
Utterly
Shell- shocked,
Against fading light,
And
As the noisy crowds surge around,
It is New Year eve, after all,
And everybody is in a hurry,
And folks are milling impatiently,
Outside large stores for
The multi-coloured
Tempting
Discounted wares,
The pining mermaid,
Invisible to all;
She says,
The poor creature,
Eyes innocent and wide,
I am lost, my dear,
And
Will not be found ever
Till you people,
The human species
Accept me as your own
And,
Not as the
Perpetual Other.

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the blog: http://www.drsunilsharma.blogspot.in/

1 thought on “The pain of a mermaid

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Using Copenhagen’s iconic ” Little Mermaid” , as cultural and civic reference point ,the poem delves into the contemporary issues of consumerism and its attendant symptoms of alienation and ennui.

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