The Ballad of the Mermaid

When I was a lowly bard many years ago 

I bought passage on a ship and stored my things below 

We were bound for distant lands and set off in the night 

But about halfway there, a storm gave us a fright 


The ship was tossed upon the waves and floundered on its side 

I had fallen overboard and drifted with the tide 

As I sank below the sea, struggling to rise 

A mermaid came and helped me! I couldn’t believe my eyes.  


Her skin was a midnight blue, her scales were darker still 

Her hair was wound with seaweed and she breathed through a gill 

She fed me some unknown herb and took me further down 

And though I still couldn’t breathe, I knew I wouldn’t drown 


She took me to her city way down below the murk 

And I saw more merfolk there, busy with their work 

Practicing the magic that only merfolk knew 

They spoke in an ancient tongue and helped me to renew 


It seemed like an eternity was spent below the sea 

Watching as the merfolk took good care of me 

But the herb was wearing off and I needed to breathe 

So, she took me to the shore, and then she took her leave.  


That’s the true story of when I almost died 

But there was a mermaid who saved me from the tide 

What’s the lesson that I’ve learned now that I’m back on land? 

Only tell the stories that you have seen firsthand!  






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