dVerse — Merfolk — Ondine

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He found her floundering in his net,
which was empty until then.
Lost troubled face; confused and spent.

Docked at the empty cottage
where his mother lived before;
he gave her baggy clothes to wear.

Off to the village to see Annie,
he didn’t see her bury something
in the garden.

She sang, the fish jumped, and
fat coins plinked into his hungry
palm.

Annie recognized the selkie’s song
and knew that she would leave
before long.

The silken coat revealed
when strangers came to claim the prize
Will love prevail with gentle eyes?

 

“Ondine” is an Irish-made film that tells the tale of a woman a fisherman finds in his net. His little daughter is convinced that the woman is a selkie. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the movie is well worth a watch.

 

 

De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) is today’s host of dVerse.  De says:
Mermaids. Sirens. Selkies. Women of the sea. Or write about a Merman, if you please. Just woo us with your mer-words, or the promise of a tempting sea shanty, or something shiny.

39 Comments Add yours

  1. merrildsmith says:

    This movie sounds vaguely familiar. I love The Secret of Roan Inish. We watched that one several times with our daughters.

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  2. I have never seen this movie… but it sounds like a wonderful movie. Myths are so great.

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  3. memadtwo says:

    I wonder if all these stories contain the memories of our origins we still carry in our DNA. haunting. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      May well be, K.

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  4. lillian says:

    Well I will definitely look up the movie! 🙂

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  5. Grace says:

    It would be interesting to find out what happens afterwards, smiles.

    I have not watched this story so will search for this.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good, I hope you do, Grace 🙂

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Tis a lovely movie, with Colin Farrell, a romance, tinged with sadness; done straight up, like your poem; smile.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks Glenn and glad you saw it. This is a movie I could watch over and over again (if I owned it.)

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    2. Oh, well, Colin Farrell…

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      1. msjadeli says:

        Oh right, forgot to mention him 😉

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  7. Beverly Crawford says:

    I’m off to find the movie! It sounds wonderful. Let us hope love prevails!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 If you see it, let me know what you think, Beverly.

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  8. It looks really cute.

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  9. calmkate says:

    an interesting tail, oops tale! How sad ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kate, it isn’t a sad story for the most part.

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      1. calmkate says:

        anyone different …

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  10. whimsygizmo says:

    I love your poetic take on this story, Jade. I will definitely check out the movie! I LOVE mermaids.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you liked it, De. There is something about mermaids that draws one in!

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    Someone who is used as she was definitely won’t stay around.. Love your poem Lisa.
    interesting movie clip!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Dwight!

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  12. yes, this movie is nice, had watched it long back, might watch it again!

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  13. I love the little mysteries in this – it’s so matter of fact in one way – the baggy clothes, the village – and yet we don’t quite know who this woman is, or what she buries, or even who Annie is. It’s like being told a true story that hasn’t quite settled down yet.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Nicely put, Sarah. Glad you enjoyed the mystery.

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  14. Your poem beautifully captures the essence of a lovely movie! Loved the movie, love your poem. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, so glad you saw it and liked the capture. Thank you!

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  15. kim881 says:

    I have to watch that film, Lisa! I enjoyed your interpretation of the story very much, the shape of it, the three-line stanzas, and the line, ’He found her floundering in his net’, the perfect introduction to the story. I also like the hint at her identity in the ‘something’ she buried in the garden.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s a great beginning to a movie and to a poem about the movie 🙂

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  16. judeitakali says:

    Yes, I wanna watch this, I think I’d prefer to read it though

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  17. poetrybydebi says:

    Your poem just whets my appetite to see the movie.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad, Debi, it served its purpose 🙂

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  18. I think I’ve heard of this film. You did a good job of selling it! Especially the last lines.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jane, do you ever go back to Ireland to visit? One of the things I love about the film are the landscape shots. It might make you homesick to watch it.

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      1. It probably would. I haven’t been anywhere, not had a holiday since 1990. Once we started having kids we didn’t have the means. My eldest daughter has been back with her partner and the others would too if it were possible. One day, I hope.

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  19. A great poem and yes Ondine is one of my favourite films and no spoilers needed, it caught me unawares!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you much and glad you’ve seen and like the film. After writing the poem, I ordered a copy. I need to see it again!

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