I’ll try not to exaggerate my find
my tale will pale in comparison
to the sailors that go before me
those masters of hallucination
say they saw mermaids in a paradise
below sea level, when in fact they
saw the grand manatee, these great
mammals more matron than mermaid.
On this day at Big Ben Power Plant
I walked the hardwood planks hopeful
to catch a glimpse of this species
these gentle sea cows poked their heads
up from the green-gray waters and one
smiled,then winked at me before
submerging and as she did, I saw the tail,
a mermaid tipped her tail at me.