Mermaid Dreams

I woke up in bed
with a man and a cat.
   I thought where are my kids?
but forgot about that
as my gaze traveled down
to the foot of the bed:
   where before were my legs
   was a fishtail instead!
I tried a flap-flap
but instead it just thwacked;
The cat hissed and jumped
prepared for attack--
   What to do with a tail?
   And who IS this man?
   And how did I get here?
Escape if I can!
Then to my great surprise
the man opened his eyes;
What I read in those blues
was terrible news--
   Dude was ogling me
   and I had to break free!
But how, with no legs?
I assumed I was dead.
But then!
   The cat ran for the door,
   I rolled on the floor
And I heard a tiny voice say,
Mama, are you okay?
I spluttered, yes, yes! I’m free
   and the cat saved me!

The first lines of this poem are from Robert Heinlein's To Sail Beyond the Sunset, and this is humbly submitted to Master Class with apologies to Heinlein and the rest of you. It was inspired, too, by Kerry's Edward Lear challenge to the Real Toads, but it came out vaguely Seuss-ish more than Lear-esque. I could have gone on and on in poor imitation, but decided that enough is enough. Enough!


  1. LOL, definitely has a Suessical feel to it :)

  2. You had me going here.. I thought it was a real dream you were relating. Weird, perhaps, Freudian, maybe.. but luckily the cat saved you and normality was restored.

  3. I thought it was real as well. Cool dream, cool poem.

  4. what a crazy dream? Always dig your work!

  5. It reminds me of Twas the Night Before Christmas. I like it. Very imaginative!

  6. Ha, I love it! Your dreams are SO much better than mine,.......mine are full of WORK and hungry children and I wake up tired!

  7. You mean you're NOT a mermaid?

  8. Seussicallear ... very cute whatever it is :)

  9. I love this. So many different stories came out of the prompt. I'm glad they weren't all sex related, LOL. I really enjoyed yours. No apologies needed. Thanks for linking up!! :)

  10. :) it *could* have gone sexy but i wanted to read it to my kids. xo

  11. Ha, I thought this was really great. I usually feel like I'm flopping around like a fish out if water trying to wake up from dreams, but I've never had my own tail ;)

  12. It may have been Suess-ish in parts, but not the whole thing. I actually liked the whimsical feel to it.

  13. aww, yay, thank you!
    i think it only strayed from Seuss-ish because i switched out my rhyme scheme half way through. oh well.

  14. I liked this very much, and yes, you could have gone on and on, and I would've kept reading along. So I suppose it's good you didn't. Because, well I kinda go back to work n' all. So, yeah.

    Nicely done!

  15. thank you! it wasn't *really* a dream. just some shit i made up. coulda been.


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