Talk about the Birds and the Fish.
Ever wonder where the birds and the bees come from? I never understood it.
According to Wiki:
“The birds and the bees” is an English-language idiomatic expression and euphemism that refers to courtship and sexual intercourse. The “birds and the bees talk” is generally the event in most children’s lives in which the parents explain what sexual relationships are.
According to tradition, the birds and the bees is a metaphorical story sometimes told to children in an attempt to explain the mechanics and good consequences of sexual intercourse through reference to easily observed natural events. For instance, bees carry and deposit pollen into flowers, a visible and easy-to-explain parallel to male fertilisation. Another example, birds lay eggs, a similarly visible and easy-to-explain parallel to female ovulation.
Even earlier instances of this idiomatic expression appear in the Cavalier poet, Thomas Carew’s work, “The Spring” (c.1640), in which, Carew uses earth and its change of seasons as a metaphorical depiction of women and their sensuality (The Norton Anthology of English Literature 1696). To abet his ends, Carew alludes to the “birds and the bees” in lines 7-8 with the use of “swallow”, “cuckoo”, and “humble-bee” as seen here (lines included are 5-8): “But the warm sun thaws the benumbed earth/And makes it tender; gives a sacred birth/To the dead swallow; wakes in hollow tree/The drowsy cuckoo and the humble-bee/Now do a choir of chirping minstrels bring” (emphasis added; lines 5-9 from “The Spring”).
Okay, now that we have reflected briefly on the past behind us, have I snagged a tidbit for you. One thing always bugged me about the typical mermaids. How on earth could they be mammals and make love? In some ways, the mermaids covered in scales would distance themselves from the act or feeling of intercourse. The touch would be gone, the tastes, the sensations. The whole idea of mermaids ‘doing it’ seems slippery, fishy and just plain idiotic. Mermaids mating is like fish having ‘F&@K’ buddies, serial monogamy, or just plain spawning. There’s no life, love or dreams involved. Therefore, I created H.E.C.C.s where they could still enjoy wild, passionate love with all four limbs. I wanted them to still have soul while they pretended to be missionaries and spread the word or grapple like wild dogs in the heat of summer.
Have you heard the phrase “How will a bird marry a fish”? Well, now, we get into the grit of the matter. The whole concept of Human Electric Cave Catfish is the joining of two species. Where will they live? How will they cope with the warring DNA racing through their bodies? Will they marry humans or seek out each other? Let’s talk about the birds and the fish. What adventures are before us as a society? Will we work and live together accepting our differences or will we constantly force others to live how we think they should live?