The Mermaid–JoRene Byers

Emerging from the sea,
a mermaid
gazes from the silken water.

She dives,
then rises again
to bring a message
from the depths,
of the stillness within,
the secret quiet
underneath every wave.

She carries that knowing
and I remember, again
my beginnings
when I see her,
beneath the horizon.


JoRene Byers grew up on the ancestral land of the Clatsop (łät’cαp). Spending her childhood listening to the Pacific in Seaside, she heard stories of the coast and Neahkanie Mountain, the “place of the Creator.” She lives in the High Desert now, never forgetting the sound of the ocean.