.frissell, toni
photo by Toni Frissell

she is sometimes still
astonished by her lack
of gills. the rest of her
is fine and finned and
flowing, infinite in all
this sway. she holds
the earth at bay by
floating, held soft by
invisible strings, face
tilted toward an in
-finite sky.


written for magpie tales.



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14 Responses to breathing

  1. Why ever did we shuck those gills, eh? They could have come in so handy. 😉

  2. Candy says:

    held soft by invisible strings – how very lovely.

  3. Your post was as beautiful as the prompt, and that’s saying quite a bit.

  4. Well perhaps the gills are coming! Float just a little longer! This is a lovely accompaniment to the photo!

  5. Elena says:

    This is just beautiful. I love it. Serene and heavenly.

  6. gravadee says:

    You have put it beautifully

  7. Helena says:

    It sure made my heart flow……..

  8. Kir Piccini says:

    she sounds like a rebel mermaid. I loved this one…xo

  9. kaykuala h says:

    She’s taking lots of risks when physically not made for it. Lots of imagery De!


  10. Truedessa says:

    I liked the ending, her head tilted towards an infinite sky…so many possibilities for her..

  11. Suyash J says:

    love how you end with finite sky

  12. Karen S. says:

    Ah yes, if not for our invisible strings, we’d be sunk! Lovely piece.

  13. “fine and finned and flowing”– I like that!

  14. Tess Kincaid says:

    I need gills…

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