At thirteen years old,
I learn that
not all mermaids are like Ariel--
some mermaids are sirens,
femme fatales of the seven sea
who lure sailors to their drownings
with sweet, nectared voices.
Still, I wish to don the life of a siren,
whose danger appears
dizzyingly seductive to me.
I have become fascinated
with the dark and the peculiar,
and, as a result, I too
have undergone a dark, peculiar
and, as literature has dictated,
such a character as myself
is to be scrutinized
under an omniscient perspective:
She wears thick, purple eyeliner
and dresses only in
heavy blacks and deep blues,
an abrupt transition
from her previous adoration for
pastels and ruffled sleeves.
But it is not only her countenance
that is indicative of this disturbed youth--
there are the books she reads,
tales of death, gore, and
other macabre eccentricities.
Her favourite titles
are those by Edgar Allan Poe.
How suiting then,
that she should be an
Anabel Lee in the making--
"her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away...
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.-- "
she just doesn't realize it yet--
that she is a drowning girl impending,
that she was never to be the siren, after all,
but the poor fool
who succumbed to the siren's
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