The Stoneman

The Stoneman

A Poem by davem

On a peaceful pretty island in the blue sea of paradise

quietly lived a gentle stoneman.

Each day, he enjoyed the colorful sunrise and sunset.

He listened to the soft lapping of waves upon the sand.

He felt warm breezes and cool showers.

Except for birds, fishes, and insects, he was alone but content.

He freely moved about the rocky ground but not upon the sand.


Then, one day he heard a voice that was soft and high.

A beautiful mermaid was crying, lying on the shore.

Seaweed tangled around her head and arms.

She couldn’t see and she could barely move.

To the stoneman, she was lovelier than all of paradise.

Without hesitation, he left the rocky ground and moved toward her,

And, as he did, he bagan to sink into the sand.


Finally, he struggled close to her, just as she broke free.

In an instant, she disappeared into the waves, laughing joyfully.

She had not even noticed his valiant but needless efforts.

The stoneman quietly continued to sink.

He lay quietly, contented and happy.

He was thrilled by the closeness to the sea

and the gentle push and tug of the water.


He thrilled to the salty air and the tickle of sand.

A long time later, a ship came to the island.

Children played on the rounded old rock at the shore.

The stoneman enjoyed their play.

He felt the gentle push and tug of the water,

the tickle of the sand about his head

and the quiet firm closeness of the sand.


In his imagination, he saw sunrises and sunsets.

He heard the soft lapping waves,

felt warm breezes and cool showers,

and smelled and tasted the salty air.

He lay quietly, contented and happy

and more than anything, he loved

the beautiful mermaid upon the sand.

© 2017 davem

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Added on October 26, 2017
Last Updated on October 26, 2017



I am a retired molecular biologist who likes to spend his time writing poetry now. more..