POEM: “The Little Mermaid gets her Prince”


I’m posting this week’s poem early in (belated) honor of Flash Fiction Day! Flash Fiction was my first love, and I loved the idea of honoring this special day with a flash poem: a short story of less than a thousand words with a beginning, middle, and end.

The poem below is based on the ending of the Hans Christian Anderson story, not the Disney movie which has a different ending. At the end of Anderson’s tale, the prince marries someone else and the mermaid dies of a broken heart, but instead of turning to seafoam she becomes a spirit. This is her reward for sacrificing her happiness for his, and she is supposed to use her next three hundred years doing good deeds to earn herself a soul. I imagine her spending her time differently.


The Little Mermaid gets her Prince


death had changed the little mermaid’s mind

she wouldn’t share the prince but haunt

not handsome him but his fleshly bride

become the little voice

whispering not-so-sweet nothings

in his mortal bride’s tiny perfect ears


telling her she’d never be good enough

telling her he’d be better off alone

telling her what she’d do to her if she stayed

filling her head with seaweed-scented nightmares

running his bride off into the inky blackness

on her tiny perfect feet


then the little mermaid would lie in her prince’s arms

as though he felt her there

as anything other than a cold ocean breeze

prickling the hair on his bare chest

racing his warm red blood

as she shivered him through each night


til death would they part




Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed the story and come back again!

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