Once upon a time
The little mermaid dreamed.
She dreamed of the sky
And the things unseen.
She wanted to walk, and to run, and to jump,
But most of all, she wanted a pup.
A playful creature that would fetch and bark.
The old crab and flounder, never could measure up.
On a cloudy, windy day, the sea started rolling.
A ship passed above, but the mermaid had no way of knowing
That she would be viewing the crashing and burning
And that she would catch a sight of one little puppy.
The fluffy animal swam after its master
Who had gone overboard and was drowning ever faster.
The mermaid swam swiftly, and caught the two friends,
Pulled them to safety upon the dry land.
The man was handsome, but not really her type.
She cared not for him, still made sure he was alright.
The dog on the other hand, she fussed over him.
Making sure he was not bruised or battered anywhere.
She heard voices then, more humans were coming.
So, she hopped in the water, and said goodbye to the puppy.
For days she meandered and wandered about
Her underwater castle and no amount
Of prodding or digging could unearth her remorse
So her sisters assumed she had fallen for a boy.
They could not have been more wrong,
It was not the man she wanted.
She dreamed of the pup
And how to get him down under.
A sea witch heard the tale
Of the love struck mermaid
And set her mind
To stealing her away
Her voice the witch wanted
To get herself a man
The little mermaid just wanted
A little canine friend.
The witch enticed the mermaid
And her beautiful voice she stole,
But gave her legs to walk upon
The puppy populated shore.
The little mermaid strolled into town,
Looking for the puppy.
Stares and shouts rang through the streets.
She had nothing on her body.
She quickly stole some garmets
And put them on her form.
She continued her search
Of the lost animal.
But how? She wondered,
For she had no voice.
She could not call for the creature
Nor could she ask around town
She sat and she thought,
Her face in a frown.
Ah! She exclaimed in her brain
I’ll lure the pup here with some meat and some grain!
So grain and meat she stole and sat outside the city
Dreaming of her pup and how she would be happy.
After hours of sitting, something came by
Her eyes lit up, she wanted to cry.
It was the pup she had saved,
Walking down the road,
And the man was there as well
Well, isn’t that just swell
She wondered to herself as they began to pass by
But then the dog stopped and walked over to her
He ate the bread and meat and did not want to go
The man called him over, but the dog did not move
Rolling his eyes, the man came over there too.
“Good afternoon,” he said with a smile.
“I am a prince and I think I’ll stay awhile.
You are the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.
Do you think you might want
To be my queen?”
The mermaid now human frowned in disgust
She gestured at the dog
She just wanted the pup!
The prince looked between the two
And then thought he caught on.
“Ah! Of course! A dog of your own!
We will get you one when you
Sit next to me on your throne!”
The little mermaid shook her head,
And wrapped her arms around the dog.
She was going to have this one
Or have none at all.
Just then shouts rang out
A cloud of dust appeared
The little mermaid realized
How many things she’d stolen from here.
“Stop you thief!”
“Bring back those clothes!”
“We’ll have your head!”
“We hope you know!”
Frantically, she rose and looked for escape.
The dog started barking and running in one way.
The prince just stared as the mermaid ran
She had stolen food, clothes, and now his friend.
“Come back here you! That’s the royal pup!”
But the mermaid didn’t care.
She couldn’t believe her luck.
All the way back to the sea they ran,
Dog and mermaid, in the sand.
Before they could, the witch appeared.
“No, no deary. No dogs allowed. A man you must find
If you want to stay on ground.”
The mermaid shook her head
And pointed at the dog,
Who sprang into action
And then killed the witch.
The mermaid clapped as her tail returned
Her voice was back but there was more to learn
The dog had a tail too!
Now she was free
To swim the seas
A mer-dog at her side for all eternity.