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Freshwater Mermaid

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.

J C Thomas

J C Thomas

Jenny Thomas grew up on the edge of the Exmoor National Park in West Somerset, where the power of the elements shaped her imagination and formed her understanding of the importance of the natural world. Her debut novel, Awakening Worlds, is an ecology-themed fantasy epic about the destiny of life on Earth.

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.
J C Thomas

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