The Jesus Mermaid

The elusive Jesus Mermaid hides in the thick kelp, beard swaying in the current, tail flicking. His followers won’t find Him here…

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His seahorse disciples foregather, hoping for a Sermon on the Reef, but with an abrupt gesture, He is gone into the depths.

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As the Jesus Mermaid flees the small fish who would worship Him, Aramaic photophores along His flank flare up and fade, abrupt as prayer.

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Octopuses bring Him their hoarded riches, hermit crabs offer to abandon their shells, but He shakes his beautiful head.

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Great hammerhead sharks, blank-eyed potentates of the deep, offer the Jesus Mermaid their finest kills, if He will but sermonise to them.

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Princes and princesses of the Exposed Lands lean over the rails of their galleons, entreating Him to rise up out of the waves.

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The Jesus Mermaid presses Himself into the farthest corner of a deep cave, His face taking on the texture of the rock, and combs His hair.

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