In Performance

John William Waterhouse, "A Mermaid," 1900 Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 66.6 cm. Image courtesy of WikiCommons (http://bit.ly/162XAUQ)
John William Waterhouse, “A Mermaid,” 1900 Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 66.6 cm. Image courtesy of WikiCommons (http://bit.ly/162XAUQ)

as the Gothic Mermaid

in Act II

I siren from a fathomless sea

The kelp forest undulates to pulse.

 

in Act II

I am a Gothic Mermaid

my sequined scales swish side-to-side

I am suspended by a cable.

J. W. Waterhouse (1849 – 1917) submitted “A Mermaid” to the Royal Academy as his diploma work. Read more about Waterhouse and this painting on the RA website.

Follow me, @BeadedQuill, on Twitter where I tweet about art and performances I’ve attended.

I invite you to preview my first published volume of poetry here.

 

Published by BeadedQuill

Author of over 300 poems, also books, essays and short stories. Published in the Johannesburg Review of Books, Carapace and Type/Cast. BeadedQuill's titles are for sale via Blurb.co.uk

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