the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Category: ocean



I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

image: ocean beach san diego
an oldie but a goodie: the love song of j. alfred prufrock



mermaid’s skin.


“She may have come from Japan or the Far East. A lot of these kind of mermaids came from that area and were made by fishermen and they sold them to supplement their income as sort of fake mermaids.”

“The teeth are carved bone and we think the eyes are actually some sort of mollusc shell,” said Ms Hollinshead.

“We didn’t know if there were any bits of monkey in the top half, as there are in some of these, but that’s proven not to be the case.”

The team hopes further tests will determine what the mermaid’s skin is made from.

image: mermenlubok
text: the buxton mermaid

les dents des femmes sont des objets si charmants

“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.”

~loren eiseley

title and photo from Man Ray’s L’Étoile de mer
found here: prisms of thread

shells and bone

“We are only lightly covered with buttoned cloth; and beneath these pavements are shells, bones and silence. ”

~Virginia Woolf, The Waves

like the sea, perhaps.
the human body is 65-90% water.
(and aesa’s 700 pearls).

photo: here

of many things

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.”

~The Walrus and The Carpenter, Lewis Carroll.

(photo: here)