What are Ozlandish Writings?

From July 2010 to December 2014 we ran OZLAND PICTURE STORIES as described below. Sadly though the number of writers reduced over the years and we decided to call it a day. We leave these as a record of the good times we had.

Are "You" ready to challenge your writing skills? Then participate in our OZLAND Picture Stories writing series at The Ozland Art Gallery.

Each month a new picture will be picked, from our OZLAND Artist of the Month collection, with different themes. Your goal is to write a 500-1000 word... poem... essay... or story about the picture picked. This is a chance for you to challenge your writing skills each month. Story can be written in ANY genre... sci fi... romance... ghost... fantasy... fiction... non-fiction... biography... mystery... historical... whatever your writing genre... feel free to experiment. Send your writing inworld to Sven Pertelson as a notecard to have it included on the web site. We meet at the The Ozland Art Gallery each Wednesday at Noon and 6pm SLT to read the latest submissions on voice. More Information

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Mermaid's Morning Tale by Justine Rhapsody

A Mermaid's Morning Tale by Justine Rhapsody

I wake
and watch your sleeping face bathed in refracted light
breath moving in and out,
your life here a gift of my magic.

I rise through layered waters
drawn by a need
to feel naked light on my face.
Though my body aches for the sea
some part of my soul longs for this clarity of
savoring the hint of roses
in the day's first breeze.

I breach, alone, suspended in air
hybrid creature,
watching shapes still curled into dream
amid brush and tree.

Then my eyes follow the cliffside stair
envisioning how you will climb
back to your world of city and clamour
when I release my hold
and you struggle for air's breath
and your rightful heritage,

as I dive back down
to my own.

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