mermaid life

by Susmita Ramani

you ride through storms on 
the backs of dolphins, 
laughing into the wind

savior of the drowning,
explorer of shipwrecks, 
adventurer into secret
underwater caverns
salvager of flotsam, architect 
of shimmering, invisible
sea-floor kingdoms–

you have a weakness
for humans, akin to your 
love of caviar — a superb 
light snack in the romance 
department

© Copyright Susmita Ramani


Susmita Ramani’s work has appeared in Pure Slush, 365 Tomorrows, The Daily Drunk, Secret Attic, 100 Words, Six Sentences, 50 Word Stories, Vine Leaves Press, The Drabble, and other publications. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, and eleven pets.


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