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Opposable Thumbs

written by: J C 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.

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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