What Mother Failed to Mention about Dating a Mer-Man

by LindaAnn LoSchiavo

This poem originally appeared in the collection, A Route Obscure and Lonely (Wapshott Press, 2019)

Don’t catalogue your insecurities,
Believing he can drown unwanted pain.

Assuming he’d enjoy your local pool
Is incorrect. He’s used to privacy.

All make-up should be waterproof, wet skin
Dabbed silver. Coral jewelry should not
Be store-bought. It’s always inherited.
Get used to wearing sea anemones
When entertaining and freshwater pearls.

He’s likely to propose if you’re inclined
Towards synchronized slow strokes,
Staccatos of arousal going deep,
Involving tidal heartbeats in high tide.

Romantic mer-men saturate their mates,
Imbibing wetness, urgency, salt sweat — —
Seabedding till you surface together.

© Copyright LindaAnn LoSchiavo


Born under the water sign of Scorpio, LindaAnn LoSchiavo resides on an island, avoiding the desert of the real. “A Route Obscure and Lonely,” nominated for an Elgin Award, and “Concupiscent Consumption” are her latest poetry titles. Her YouTube channel presents her poetry as videos.


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