Am I Selkie – Molly Owen

She calls to you with the voices of faeries

Molly Owen is a trainee primary teacher and therapeutic horsemanship practitioner from Wales who now resides in Bath. Water often features in Molly’s work and she feels a great affinity with it. Thank you Molly for kindly sharing your talents with us.

Am I Selkie

She always welcomes you back.

She calls to you with the voices of faeries

And it’s enchanting but

Still you hear the quiet song of danger ringing in your ears.

One by one the swans turn their backs to you.

The gulls explode in angry flight and then

You are alone.

And she beckons.

The land is screaming its protest to your naked back.

Your feet bleed over her rocks.

You glance, once, to the trees

And then you walk.

You do not resist each other.

The cold pain of a heart returning home creeps upwards from your soles.

The screams of the returning gulls fade to an echoing hum.

And your body, soft and solid, melts into the rhythm of the waves as she welcomes you back.

Molly Owen, Bath

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