mermaids

(for the girl who used to wonder if bathtubs were deep enough to drown in)

 

there used to be mermaids in the world

until hate fished them all out

luminous girls with iridescent tails

growing legs because of doubt.

 

but what no one tells you about mermaids is

without water they will not survive

so all the landlocked mermaids

are struggling to stay alive.

 

all these used to be mermaids

try to drown themselves in bathtubs

sneaking out with true land people

to guzzle liquor at the clubs.

 

if you ever meet an unhappy girl

remember what she could be

because almost all sad girls are

tailess mermaids from the sea