Immersed in a poem, I was a lovelorn mermaid enchanted by vampire squid in fluorescent coral glades. Raised from the deep by the ring of the telephone, I looked out at the garden, dappled green and overgrown. I spotted it suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, the unexpected flash of an electric blue […]
I relinquished my voice for the love of a human, swished my silver-scaled tail in brine one last time and, on the celebratory blast of his siren, he winched me on board like a fish on a line. With mortal feet I walked on gilded splinters, felt grains of sand between my dainty toes, soothed […]
It has taken over four years to regain faith in myself. Just before I retired from high school teaching, I was sick, exhausted, and unsure if I was doing the right thing. The plan was to finish a novel I started years ago before the pressures of teaching took over, so I enrolled on several […]
After the hurly burly of a storm on uninhabited isles – green jewels in crystal foam – a custard wind blows under the rim of a bluff clad with cushions of turf and crowned with rock shaped like a whale. This is where stranded mermaids watch clouds sail and forests splash and crash their splendid […]
and I have another poem in the latest Visual Verse. Here’s a link to the June issue, Vol. 4, Chapter 8 of the online Visual Verse anthology. You can find my poem on page 38 or you can link directly to the poem, entitled ‘Demented’.
After reading Sacha Black’s Write Inspiration #59: What happened after ‘Happily Ever After’? I thought about some of my favourite fairy tales. When I was a child I had a beautiful old-fashioned translation of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, which I read over and over. One of my favourites is ‘The Little Mermaid’. I decided […]