The Upside down Mermaid
This mermaid floats quite comfortably upside down,
entirely right in her watery world, scales flickering red,
carrying calla lilies so carefully at winter solstice.
Winged, she floats and soars in our imagination,
Transformed from the depths with her flowers
and innocent eyes and pink wings,
where up is down and right is left.
Direction doesn’t matter, nor age, nor place.
Only dark and light.
Every day her light filters everywhere,
like violin music weaving the blue, blue water
and the blue, blue sky together
Even the night holds no terror.
Inspired by a visit to Isaiah Zagar’s Magical Garden, Philadelphia, December 2007.