"Sing, dance, create. If you have to choose one, do all three at once."
—Sister Bridget Mermaid, Church of the Old Mermaids
I’ve been inspired by Cate’s weekly postings of the "Mama Says Om" themes for months now and finally decided to give it a try myself. This week’s theme is "song," and the first thing that came to mind was Sister Kim Mermaid’s excellent revisioning of the term "siren song." Wikipedia tells us that "the term ‘siren song’ refers to an appeal that is hard to resist but that, if heeded, will lead to a bad result." And we all remember those nasty stories about mermaids luring sailors to a watery grave with the haunting melody of their songs. Definitely a demonization of the sacred feminine.
But leave it to the Old Mermaids to uncover — recover — create — a new meaning for the term.
"What is a siren song?" Lily asked.
"That’s one of those things that’s gotten mixed up in the legends," Myla said. "They tell stories of horrible songs mermaids sing to make men jump in the water. That’s silly. Every Old Mermaid — and every person — has her own siren song. It’s something she starts creating when she’s small. It’s a combination of sound and poetry — it expresses her true self. Before the Old Sea dried up, the the Old Mermaids would sit on rocks near shore and sing their songs. They are amazing creations, these songs. Completely truthful. Everyone has a siren song — it’s not always a song, per se. It’s whatever you do that you love completely, or that you think is really you. Something fluid, beautiful, all yours — and something that contributes to the community in some way. The Old Mermaids loved sitting together and singing their siren songs."
"I like that," Stefan said. "Maybe I’ll try to figure out my siren song."
"Me too," Lily said. Lily began to hum. Stefan hummed along with her. Soon all of them were humming and laughing.