After

Regarding The Little Mermaid

“…it is by no means certain that the ending is as happy as it seems to be”
–Jacob Bøggild & Pernille Heegaard

Now that I am turned foam, I cannot search
The bright Atlantic stars that mark the sky
Across his world and back again, for I
Can not see anything now. Wide waves lurch
And throw me back and forth; the thrashing sea
Is green with my new self. I can not find
Those daughters of the air who were so kind
To me. The deep water pushes at me
Until long ropes of reaching sea weeds curl
And drag me under…pulling…pulling…deep.
Deep down I go, to where the ocean keeps
Sunken things far from prince’s mortal worlds.
I lay waterlogged and lost; no star
Will ever shine its brilliance down this far.

 
*“After” has appeared in Enchanted Conversation, The Mermaid Issue.

 

Contributor’s Note’s: Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s work has appeared in Mandragora (Scarlett Imprint), It Lives (Rune Wright), Etched Offerings: Voices From The Cauldron of Story (Misanthrope Press), Megalithic Poems, Enchanted Conversation, Idunna, Hex Magazine, New Witch, The Journal of Contemporary Heathen Thought, Odin’s Gift, New Heathen’s Almanac, Orb, Into the Willows, Soundzine (the Luck issue), and Umbrella (the Faith issue).

She is a Million Writers Award “Notable Story” writer, a Predators and Editor’s top 10 finisher and has been nominated for both the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She has also been shortlisted for the Holland Park Press Angels and Devils Poetry Prize, London.

Her work is forthcoming in The Absinthe Anthology (Hyacinth Girls Press), a yet-to-be-titled book of modern riddle poems edited by Kate Light, Trinacria, and Penduline. Her next book, Remind Me, is forthcoming with Ancient Cypress Press later this month.

An interview with Juleigh can be found at Poemeleon.