At the edge of the deep green sea
There lived a mermaid with auburn hair
Blue eyed, she was beautiful and fair
With a smile that could cut a man in half
And a heart of fire and glass.
each representing five lost loves.
For to fall in love with a human when you are part of the sea was forbidden and rare. There are mermen for that, her father would tell her.
The first human love was soft and kind, but when human lips met mermaid lips, death stole him for his own.
The second was brave and bold, but he had a jealous heart and fought the mermen, hard. It does not do to fall in love with mermaids and the mermen took him soon enough.
The third would bring freshly plucked purple flowers every day and would place them at her green, enchanting tail.
The fourth grew cold and impatient at her mermaid ways and moved away.
The fifth grew obsessed with the ways of the sea and he drowned.
The mermaid never really knew what happened to the third love, but strangely, once a year, she would find a lavender flower by her tail. The mermaid began to dream in vivid purple and she went mad with longing in the end. The years passed and when death visited her, she left with him gladly.
Her third love, in grief and madness, returned with a small boat made of pine wood and purple flowers. For many years, he sailed around the deep green sea in search of his mermaid love, scattering violet flowers into the waves as he went.