If I were a mermaid living in the ocean, I’d be angry with humans. The ocean is, afterall, my home. I want my environment to be pristine. For myself and all the variety of wondrous sea creatures who also live here. When my environment is polluted by the ignorance and greed of humans, well I can’t just get up and walk away, can I? The integral relationship of the ocean with the moon and our ecosystem that keeps things “working” is being drastically damaged by destructive human activities. Witnessing the devastation that humans have wreaked on my home, I’m wondering what I can do to wake them up!
As we get more and more distanced from nature, we are going to feel the effects. Because, as John Muir has said, “Nature includes us!”
As sophisticated as we might think we are, as much as we think we’ve conquered nature and that we are civilized above and beyond the natural world…that’s false thinking. We are nature, nature is us. We have a biology and so does the earth and the sea and the whole ecology in which we are included. I’m likely preaching to the choir here!
This mermaid reminds me of a warrioress. She is both tender and tough when necessary. She is ready to go to battle for her home, the ocean.
In 1995, an amazing film was released, The Secret of Roan Inish. The music was haunting, the scenery enchanting, the acting authentic and the story–magical and mythological. This is where I first heard of “the Selkie. And, I feel that the sea is portrayed as a character itself. Effective personification!
The phrase “If I were” is a good way to begin writing. Especially when you’re feeling stuck…”If I were…” Those three little words open the door to imagination and possibility. Go ahead, WRITE!