Endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus), Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

When Little Bit told Mayella about the mermaid, Mayella laughed and laughed. “You don’ fear no manatees, do you, girl?”

“No,” Little Bit said solemnly.

“Good,” said Mayella. “Manatees don’ hurt nobody.

They just swim along, thinkin’ their deep river dreams.”

“Deep river dreams?” I said. “What’s that?”

Mayella smiled. “That’s when everything’s slow and peaceful, and there’s plenty to eat, and there’s company when you want it, and nothing happens in a hurry, and you can think all you want on what God is and what God wants, and you can know it don’t much matter ’cause you doin’ what you s’posed to, and God’s doin’ what God’s s’posed to. That’s deep river dreamin’.” –Dogland by Will Shetterly

Writing Prompt: Write a scene, story, or poem about deep river dreams.

Journaling Prompt: What are your deep river dreams?

Art Prompt: Mermaid

Photo Credit: USFWS Endangered Species on Flickr
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