Wednesday, March 14, 2018

'Merrow' by Ananda Braxton-Smith

An excerpt.


"“She’s not your mother. She’s not a woman; she’s not even human. From the moment she went over, we lost her just as surely as if she’d died. They do not live for our benefit. They belong to Themselves.”

I remembered the rolling otter and its sweet-looking paws – dashing that urchin with the rock and the blood staining the water. I remembered the jewel-red carb – dragging that scavenged flesh into the sea grass. I’d found them comical, and pretty, but they were their own creatures too, just as my aunt had said, and busy with the job of living. They probably didn’t even see me. I remembered the way the cave spiders and suchlike scurried to hide from me in the rocks.

They were not there for us. They had their own mysterious life living inside them. Their world was not my world, their story not mine." 


Ananda Braxton Smith. Merrow. 2010. Black Dog Books, Fitzroy.
Peter Nicolai Arbo. Liden Gunvor og Havmanden. 1874-80. Drammen Museum.
This article was originally published on a retired domain and has been republished for archival purposes.

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