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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.

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