If I were a mermaid.

I would sit at the bottom of the ocean

Somewhere on the abyssal plain.

Staring through a green watery sky

To the blue nitrogen, oxygen, carbon mixture above.

I would sit in the silence.

I’d absorb the silence.

And no one would bother me.

But I’m not a mermaid.

The best I can manage is sitting on the sides of the party

Watching people talk to other people.

Talking about things I don’t care about and will never care about.

All shouted over the soundtrack of some song that only sounds like the ocean

when it enters my ears.

And the whole time I’ll dream.

I’ll dream of being a mermaid.