I do not want to live solely on land.
I do not want to lure in men.
I don’t want to kill just because I sing.
I don’t want a man just to get a ring.
I don’t want people to love me for how I appear
I’ll earn their respect, not others’ fear.
I do not need recognition nor do I need praise.
I do good unto other on all of my days.
Grandmother told me “pride must suffer pain.”
But all I want is my skin to touch rain.
I am not a dark figure whom in the shadow lurks.
I want more than to envision the fireworks.
I refuse to die and become foam.
All I want- are the seas to roam.
I need not a man’s love to value myself.
I know who I am. A woman, no trophy on a shelf.
I refuse to give my voice away
So that I may not be free to grow up and change.
For I will be loved as I come, as I am.
Whether that be at sea, in air or on land.
I will not sell my soul; I will not give it up.
Not for others to hold; I won’t be stuck.
What I want is to explore the world
To treasure life like an oyster does a pearl.
I want to experience everything that I can.
I am Ariel of the Sea, daughter of Triton.