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Freshwater Mermaid

Freshwater Mermaid

written by: Jenny 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.

Jenny Thomas

Jenny Thomas

Jenny's debut novel, Awakening Worlds, is an eco-fantasy novel. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of the West of England in 2011. She spent two semesters abroad at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, USA. This is where she began writing Awakening Worlds. She recently graduated with an MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures from the University of Bristol. In her early twenties, she volunteered at a school for disadvantaged Burmese youth. There, she led creative writing and drama workshops. She also worked as a teaching assistant in an Aboriginal Community School in the Kimberley desert, Western Australia. She teaches English online by day and writes fiction and poetry by night. She is currently working on a novella to be released in 2021.
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