“Manatees are starving because our septic runoff kills their main food source, sea grass.”
CNN, Manatees Die in Droves, May 21, 2021

Mermaids lolled on rocks sunning their tails
sunned their tails combed their long gold hair
sirens who lured sailors with songs of love.

We know who you are now.
Mermaids and sirens never lived except in
tales of sun stroke and home sickness.

Manatees fat sleek
sun on rocks wave their flippers
nibble sea grass
we now poison

Bones for gulls to pick now
wave and sing no more
whisper feed me
too weak for us to hear