The Mermaid

Beaches are beautiful. They are the interface between ocean and us mortals. Turquoise blue water, warm sand at your feet, it is elevating. I was fortunate enough to visit 4 of the best beaches in Goa when I was there a couple of days ago. Beaches are beautiful. Unmatched magnificence and brilliant sights. Even more beautiful are the mermaids in them.

I was walking up and down along the shoreline of the beach of Miramar in the city of Panjim, Goa. The sun was resting behind the clouds and it was a pleasant ecosystem. I walked away from my companions just to let the atmosphere sink in. This was something I was longing for from quite a bit of time. This was a perfect break from everything that had been going on in my life. The sound of the waves washing up the shore was hypnotizing. It was no longer just the sound of water. It was a subtle invitation from the ocean to surrender to it. I was careful enough to walk at a distance from the water so as to make sure my Nike trainers didn’t get wet. As much as I wanted to let the waves encompass myself, I restrained from getting into the water as I had no change of clothes and we had planned to visit more beaches later on. It was difficult to decline the ocean’s invitation. It was a dent in its pride. The ocean, now insulted, started looking at me in wonder. The waves started to come close to me as I walked away from them. The air was filled with a hint chaos as the almighty ocean had failed to seduce me. The crab babies ran to their holes and prayed that the waves wouldn’t wash them away.

I closed my eyes for a minute and turned my back to the ocean. I was embracing the beauty of the nature surrounding the beach and that is when I felt a slight disturbance in the wave system. Something had changed in the universe. I turned back and I saw a mermaid lying on the shore a few meters from where I was standing. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Surely this must be a dream, I thought. I went near her (or it) I was confused. She was trying to wake up and I, now utterly dumbfounded, was lost trying to realize her beauty. Nothing like the descriptions I had seen till then. She made the beach look like an old hag. A beauty so profound, I begged mercy for seeing her with my sinner eyes. Should I try and talk to her? Even if I did, what would I say? I found myself in a unique situation of not feeling anything but sheer relinquish for her beauty. Her long and brown hair, tied up in circles to form a knot contained the whole galaxy within. Her pitch black eyes were a competition to the ocean’s depth. I could have drowned easily in the former than the latter. Grains of sand stuck to her creamy white cheeks were thankful to have felt her presence. Only when the waves touched my feet I realized I was still on Earth. A beauty so godly, that if it was my imagination then I didn’t want reality. I was still at a loss as to what to do. She was still trying to wake up perhaps trying to comprehend what was happening around her.

I stood there, in awe, trying to figure out what was going on. Was that the ocean’s way of apprehension by enticing me for declining the invitation? I couldn’t tell. Nothing made sense to me anymore. I was busy trying to stomach her beauty rather than thinking what made sense and what not. I knew that that moment wouldn’t come again. All I had was those brief moments to perceive everything I had witnessed. Knowing all of this, I closed my eyes and when I opened them, all I was left with was silence. The mermaid was gone. So was all the beauty in the universe. The waves had calmed down as if it was the. The crabs started running around again. The trees sighed a silent laugh seeing my plight. I did not try to make sense of what I had seen. It could have been my mind playing tricks I don’t know. I don’t want to know.

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