Photo Challenge: Poem – Cascading Etherees – “Sleep Walker”

Thanks to Mind Love Misery’s Menagerie for hosting.

Water Girl Brook Shaden Photography
Brooke Shaden Photography

Resplendent woman in her ivory gown,

Treading downstairs in sleep, not knowing,

Dreams guide her graceful body through,

A darkened house, unaware —

Their mama walks in sleep,

Following her story,

Playing out in,

Dream –



But a —

Waif as she,

Opens the front,

Door, padding barefoot,

Unto the beach, squishing,

Sand between her toes, walking,

To the ocean’s shore, where waves pull,

Lantern in hand, believes she’ll become,

A mermaid, as she wades in waters deep.

Waves brush her thighs, makes her gown sodden, wet.

She doesn’t realize anything is wrong but —

She keeps wading into the ocean,

Despite, the cold and water,

Trying to suck her down,

She keeps walking,

Knowing that,




Deep she,

Kicks off from,

Sandy bottom,

She floats, her lantern —

Lights the way, as water comes,

Up to her waist and past her —

Chest as she swims, dreaming she has,

Her mermaid’s tale, joins her sisters in —

Ocean, she greets them, soaring in the waves.

From the house, a small girl watches, mama sink.

Tears roll down, soft cheeks; mom doesn’t return.

“Stay away from the ocean girl,” her —

Grandma always warned them.

Mama needed freedom,

Didn’t actually die.

Daughter knows she,

Swims in deep,




Is sad,

But knows her –

Most loved mama,

Goes to happier place,

To ocean’s froth, she’s free.

Gran cooks pancakes, strawberry —

Sauce and whipped cream; mama’s favorite,

Girl watches with delight how mermaids play,

Sees Mom flip jade tail, waving to her girl.

©Mandibelle16 (2016). All Rights Reserved.







16 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Poem – Cascading Etherees – “Sleep Walker”

  1. clcouch123 August 24, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    The waves tell the story. Almost as a character in the poem and certainly as the form. A haunting verse, Mandi, whose feelings rise and fall in many ways.

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  2. Copper Cranes August 25, 2016 / 12:09 am

    Mandi, you did a beautiful job with the challenge. I find stories about mermaids so captivating. A sad tale, yet has an ending that makes the best of both worlds, “Saw her flip jade tail, mermaid now swimming”. Lovely poem! Have a wonderful evening. ~ Mia

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    • mandibelle16 August 25, 2016 / 2:32 am

      Thank you. Yes, Mia. I think mermaid tales are fascinating as well. I love the take on mermaids in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean. They’re my fav bc they are vicious. But the girl’s mother, is a much gentler kind of mermaid. Glad you enjoy the story Mia. Thanks again.

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      • Copper Cranes August 25, 2016 / 1:11 pm

        Mandi, I did enjoy it. You’re most welcome. Have a wonderful Thursday. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Grammy August 27, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    That image grabbed me immediately, can’t stop looking at it. Loved the poem 🙂

    Visiting you from Blogger’s Pit Stop #38

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 August 27, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks so much. The image was a prompt image. It is quite compelling 🙂


  4. thoughtsnlifeblog August 28, 2016 / 6:28 am

    Great story/ poem. Love your writung style also love the format in which laid out the blog post.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Antonio August 28, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    a very interesting writing…I’m glad to be here.
    In my blog is a canadian friend as you…
    many regards from Italy

    Liked by 1 person

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