This week my poem Mermaid was published by Streetcake magazine issue 37.
The poem explores ideas of old age, and begins with the lines
I used to hold it on my tongue, my lips, like salt from the sea,
his land language ready to be spoken at will.
It was prompted in part by my husband’s Dutch grandmother, who slowly lost her English as dementia took hold, and by my own father’s encroaching semantic dementia. In a way it seems to me that the world becomes an unfamiliar and less welcoming place as we age. This poem was my way of examining these thoughts and making them more manageable.
I’ve been following the work of Streetcake duo Nikki and Trini for many years, and am always impressed by the words they serve up in their “online magazine for innovative, experimental and visual writing”. They’re always on the lookout for intriguing, original work, so why not submit?