Some Childhood Dreams Really Do Come True

Some Childhood Dreams Really Do Come True by Beth Ann Fennelly

I wanted to be a mermaid. But first, I needed the tits and the hair. Hair
long enough that it rivered in naked curves down my naked chest while I lounged on a rock, luring sailors with my song.

I have tits, and hair down to my ass.

You’re probably expecting me to end this with something depressing like, “Yet I never lounge on rocks, luring sailors with my song. In fact, I never even sing in the shower.”

But you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. I must have become a mermaid: look at my wrinkly skin. What could have caused me to wrinkle, if not hours spent submerged, frolicking in the sea?

About Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants from the N.E.A., the MS Arts Commission, and United States Artists. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and three times been included in The Best American Poetry Series. Fennelly has published three books of poems and a book of essays with W. W. Norton. Her most recent book is The Tilted World, a novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, published by HarperCollins. They live in Oxford with their three children.

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