Illustration by Poet Rummager

Scylla found him half drowned in the ocean blue –

unconscious and badly bruised.

In a darkened, dank cave, she kept vigil by his side –

whispering reassuring words; telling him everything’s all right.

For days he would shiver; delirious and fevered.

Scylla soothed his fears with the sweetest voice he’d ever heard.

One day, she found him awake in the seaweed bed she had made.

Approaching him silently, she prayed he wouldn’t be afraid.

Her dogs growled as he turned to look her way.

His eyes widened as she came into focus. He didn’t know what to say.

As he had laid those many nights and days, a part of his brain had decayed.

Looking at her, instead of the monster most sailors feared,

he saw an angel full of grace, and his grateful eyes teared.

“Thank you so much” were all the words he could manage to express.

She nodded happily, and her tail curled around and stroked his chest.

No other words were needed as they embraced in the gloom.

Sighing contentedly, the peculiar couple smiled up at the radiant moon.


*In Greek mythology, Scylla was a monster that lived on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite its counterpart Charybdis. (Wikipedia)


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      • I’ve heard tell–whispered rumors, really–of a woman in Bhutan who has learned how to put the toilet seat down ALL BY HERSELF. Apparently, she is worshipped as some sort of Goddess. Name’s Marge. Something like that. 🙂

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    • Many thanks! I’m touched. Scylla is a ham and any paring down would result in her vicious tantrums. No way would I let that happen — those three dog heads attached to her waist are scary!🌹😊


  1. I see we have a happy ending here Rose!
    You haven’t crossed over to, dare I say it,
    the Light side?
    Say it isn’t true Rose. 😧

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  2. This is a wonderful tale depicting the purity of love. That love looks through the mind’s eye and physical appearance is not a hindrance to pure love.

    I know the character of Scylla from Gree mythology, is the story has a mythological base as well? Or you weaved it? Both ways, it’s a very sweet, loving story ❤

    The artwork reflects your skill and talent… loved it… 🙂

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