The winds howled. Fierce lightning flashed through the sky.
In their fright, the moon and stars hid behind the inky clouds.
The waves crashed higher, higher.
The fisher-folk of Temasek, terrified, prayed harder, harder.
And from the southern waters rose a gigantic shining beast.
Part-lion, part-fish, the Merlion roared.
Long was the battle twixt beast and nature, all through the night and into the dawn.
The winds died. The waves calmed. And a rosy sun lit a new morning sky.
80 words, written for What Pegman Saw: Singapore.
The Merlion represents Prince Sang Nila Utama’s founding of Singapore (lion-city) upon the ancient fishing village of Temasek. According to legend, this magnificent beast was making its annual visit to the island to guard the Lion City when a violent storm erupted.
An ancient myth? Or like the statue, one constructed in modern times?