East Coast mermaids
mermaids are cool
The mermaids of New York
, New Jersey
, the Carolinas
, they're just in it for their own amusement
Luring the itinerant sailor
to his death
out of caprice
and outright malice
But the mermaids of San Francisco
mean no harm.
It's just that they fall in love with beautiful men they see.
(And sometimes with women, too.)
The mermaids of San Francisco lure their fancies beneath the waves out of affection
They cannot help but hold so tightly to their objects of desire
Do they die, these surfers
who fall into the San Francisco mermaid's adoration
Nobody knows, for they are last ever seen sliding beneath the waves in a piscine lover's embrace
Unlike the victims of East Coast mermaids, whose bodies are callously left to wash ashore.
All mermaids are to be avoided.
But for different reasons