Burmese Mermaid

Burmese Mermaid

Monday, April 18, 2016

Judgment of the Moon and Stars

As I searched the inky sky while floating on my back in the waters off the Great Barrier Reef, it occurred to me how completely a mermaid's life direction is guided by the Moon and stars and our star, the Sun. We use the luminaries for navigation but over the course of millennia the heavenly spheres have taken root in our hearts and souls as divine symbols.

In my travels, I have met astrologer mermaids in every ocean, unified by a quest for creating meaning from light and darkness stretching backwards and forwards in infinity.

My mermaid friend Evangeline, who lives primarily off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, told me about a man she knew on the island, a lyricist and poet by the name of E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. Yip wrote the lyrics to all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, Pennies from Heaven, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime, April in Paris, It's Only a Paper Moon, and many more...

“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.”
 ~ E. Y. “Yip” Harburg
E.Y. Harburg
Yip was witty!  Here is an example of his style, referencing star gazers:

"A broken clock can tell the time
correctly twice a day.
Astrologers, like broken clocks,
are clairvoyant that way."

What joy would there be in life if we could not laugh at ourselves? Astrologers are not exempt!


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