Opposable Thumbs written by J C Thomas at Spillwords.com

Opposable Thumbs

Opposable Thumbs

written by: Jenny Thomas



I am an animal of another kind

Your words, not mine.

A being with opposable thumbs

A mind to question



Numb to sensation

And strange vibrations


Spin around and your eyes flicker

Dizzy bulbs in a damp room,

Ideas made in the memory womb,

Born in every word you breathe

Never to die


Sliding through green, unseen.

Slipping into obscurity.

Your voice in my head wrapped in new clothes of

Tough bark and fresh yellow flowers

Your veins blossom leaves

Your body a vaporous tower


Your voice in the wind

Echoes under my skin down to each nerve

In my dreams I am a bird with long wings and feathers

Chain-linked armour.

I glide with you,




A poem about immortality dedicated to the memory of my friend, Edward Perkins.

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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