Poetry Spotlight: Willow, by Bethan Laurels
Inspired by a conversation with a child wishing to be a mermaid, this is 'Willow', the fourth poem in our Poetry Spotlight series written by Bethan Laurels.
I can hear you call
As their soul lifts with the breeze
And shelters from the seas
With veins routing life
Your tresses of leaves
Skip the grasses
Waltz with the breeze
Bathe in the rivers
Catch the stream down to the sea
In the tune of the breaking ocean waves
Curling with the hair of pirouetting mermaids
Your golden skins
Blaze with the sun and moon
Beam in the glow of the mermaids woo
You exhale the wealth and wisdom of the skies
Where the clouds blossom
Stars dive and planets dance
Shadow and light circle the visions of creatures eyes
You inhale the untamed depths of the seas
As mermaids flirt with the currents they pull and push aside
Stirring the rise and fall of the tides
Tales of the waters thirsting for their tongue
To be kissed and curled
To become their song
Of land and sea
"The simple and lovely delights of a young girl I met; Willow. She told me how she wanted to be a mermaid. What else could I do except write her a poem? So I did."
We will be sharing a series of five of Bethan's coast-inspired poems over the coming weeks. Stay tuned and keep an eye on our social media for the @dynamicdunes.
About the Author
Bethan's background is in arts and education, and as well as producing poems, her creative practice has also included combining her arts through a mix of displays and interactice installations. aand her work is continually inspired by nature, the internal love that many of us have for it, and the many ways we connect with it.