I set a net along Wheeler’s Bar
the night before tuna chase
schools of mackerel
into Saint Mary’s Bay
to catch as many as I can.
Hauling in my heavy load,
I was absolutely certain
I caught a glimpse of a
young mermaid sleeping
alongside my mackerel.
I woke her up and asked
her if she would like to be
my swimming companion?
Absolutely, she replied,
I’ve been looking for a friend
my whole life. You have no idea
how lonely it is in the sea.