Since I was five I wanted to be a mermaid Swimming, singing, and dancing under the sea. since I was five, I wanted to be a mermaid I dreamt what color my scales and tail would be It would be blue, no not like the sea’s but a lighter, more vibrant - a different hue of blue. My scales would sparkle like diamonds my hair would shimmer and shine I’d be friends with all the dolphins We’d explore til the end of time I’d live in a house made of seashells I’d make friends with the crabs and the fish but most importantly; my one true wish I’d sing loud and proud just like Ariel. Before her voice was taken from her (of course) I thought that all it took to be to live proud ,loud and free was to be safe swimming under the sea without your worth on earth being weighed down by gravity. Well, now I’m 23 and I still want to be a magical singing mermaid in the sea. But, now that I’ve grown if you can really call 23 grown, I’ve learned what it truly means to be a mermaid. she lives loud and proud no matter the sound her voice makes. she sets waves in motion, is in touch with her emotion and does everything it takes to make her dreams come true. she is sexy and feminine unafraid to begin again embraces her sensuality and makes her dreams a reality no longer letting gravity determine her worth. she is more than fantasy she’s still swimming here, on earth. and I realize she is me and the sea will always be my place to roam free to be a mermaid.