Zombie Mermaids, and a new post on The Order of the Good Death, oh my!

The Little Mermaid

The cleaned up stories
you humans get
are always bastardized

long before Disney
applies its Clorox,
wiping out the stench

every fleck of skin,
or blood,
the fabric has

been washed
a thousand times.
Take, for instance

this story, favourite
of six-year-old
females, splashing

in the bath with
red-haired, plastic
-finned dolls.

Mermaids are not
clean things
though they exist

in water. There
are reasons that
they drowned

their lovers
before bringing
them home.

Your prince, that
tall, dark-haired
prepubescent’s

first crush, fell
overboard, one night
wind-tossed by a billowing

storm. He died
with his eyes open,
observing his loves

bared teeth
and empty eye
sockets, her talons

hooked into
his algae-specked
shirt, the scales

of her tail
peeling off,
revealing a flank

like an ancient
salmon fillet,
thrashing muscular

through the jism
waves. And yes,
there was singing,

enchantment,
a wedding
in a castle

full fathom five
beneath the weight
and press of ocean.

There was a magic
transformation,
something human

into a different,
if not arguably
better form;

but still,
I can remember
those pearls

that were
his eyes
and I think;

who needs
your cleaned-up
stories?

Real life is filthy,
awful, but the
love is more lasting,

undying, rotten
but solid,
inarguably real.

And don’t forget to check out what Caitlin and the rest of the Order are doing here: http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/after-joel-peter-witkin  Spreading the Good News of mortality in this plastic, death-denying world!

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About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope was named by the Huffington Post as ‘one of the five Expat poets to watch in 2016’. Nicholas Lezard, writing for The Guardian, described her latest collection as 'poetry as salvation'.....'This harrowing collection drawn from a youth spent in an orphanage delights in language as a place of private escape.' Bethany has won many literary awards and published several collections of poetry. Her first novel, Masque, was published by Seren in 2016. Her second novel, Ordinary Lives: The Ballad of John and Mary, was published in 2018. Follow her on Twitter @BethanyWPope

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