Down in the depths of the deep
Where a little light can only seep.
Lies a kingdom defined by lore
Wealth and power was its core.
Till the stretches the blue ran
Over two-thirds did it fan.
The kingdom known near and far
From the stone to the star.
In this kingdom of water
Where steps of none falter.
Lived the purest of all
From whom praises fall.
Her hair blacker than ebony
Her mind untouched by any felony.
Her skin fairer than the alabaster
Her lips curved up in laughter.
Her tail was greener than the deepest jade
Other such beauty can never be made.
Different from the others she was
Her beauty was the cause.
Her beauty held many entranced
Her wit left all enchanted.
Her grace was divine
Her poise, the epitome of sublime.
She was the maiden
Her trust unshaken.
She lived true and steady
She lived happy and merry.
She was truer than the clearest of water
Lies in her mouth did they falter.
Her eyes shone with heartfelt honesty
Royalty dotted her ancestry.
Unknown to her, jealousy spread around
Victims many it found.
The other maidens formed a clan
Together they hatched a devil’s plan.
A devious plan it was
Fire in the hatchers did it rouse.
Steely glint in their eyes
Their lips mouthed warcries.
In the dead of the night did they attack
The sleepy palace was taken aback.
The soldiers fought but in vain
Clear water got an ugly stain.
The mermaid jumped into the fray
Till the end did she stay.
Suddenly she saw something dart
A spear went through her heart.
The morning sun saw red
Clear water wept for the dead.
Far away on the shores of a distant state
The wind sang of a dying breath.
No longer remained the maiden so pure
No longer remained the smile so sure.
They extinguished the unclouded flame
Like other waters, Clear water became the same.