written by: J C Thomas
The freshwater mermaid
A girl with gills in her throat
Swims in rapid water
A river of bodies and liquid silver
A mirror that reflects the skies as they brighten
Beyond recognition and reveal the horizon.
Clouds roll and roar above waves and saline foam
Indigo moans over vast bruised space,
Back-lit by flickering gold.
She has green algae hair and a marmalade tail of shining scales
A sea faring fairy with fiery eyes.
Do her feet burn on the land?
Does she sing a silent song?
Can you hear her voice in the rapids?
Can you feel her in the vibrations of the riverbed?
Water holds her memories
Clouds cradle her dreams.
She explores elements of the 'real' alongside the spiritual, magical, and the psychological. She writes about the cosmos, ecology, nature, life, death and rebirth; its beauty, pain and the blurred lines between extremes.
Jenny graduated in English Literature from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK, and spent her second year on an academic exchange to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
During her travels, Jenny led a creative writing and drama workshop as a volunteer teacher in Thailand and she has worked as a teaching assistant in an Aboriginal Community School in the Kimberley, Australia.