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Final Farewell to a Friend

Final Farewell to a Friend

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water and back.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown

---T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
That the rude sea grew civil at her song
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
To hear the sea-maid's music.

- Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

In mythology, a mermaid is a beautiful being - half woman, half sea-creature.
She is able to breathe both above and below the water, but she cannot walk on firm ground.
Mermaids are often portrayed as longing to be human, and sometimes they tempt mortal men to follow them because of their beauty.
A sailor lost at sea considers himself very lucky to catch a glimpse of such an exquisite being appearing from the depths of the ocean and leading him to safety.
In exchange for finding his way home, he often loses his heart to this beautiful creature!

Not too many of my Chat friends know what I do as a hobby. Janet was one of the few that did. She supported me when I almost gave up my hobby. Janet loved my first Mermaid I made, and as a lasting tribute to a dear friend, I have made another mermaid this week as a way to cope with losing a dear friend.

My Salute Janet

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