Ustka Harbor statue of mermaid Bryzga Rosowa who took pity on a blind widow (Photo by Author)

The Mermaid and the Old Woman

A tale from the Baltic Sea

Jesse R. Barker
4 min readFeb 6, 2022

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The old woman walks the harbor on a crisp fall night, the Baltic sea sparkling in the moon shining bright.

Tap tap tap goes her cane across the weir, alone she is with no other peer. She faces north by habit alone, guided by sound of sea against the stone. Tumbling waters throw a smell, salt laden air that she knows so well.

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Jesse R. Barker

Retired these days but still working to improve myself. An avid photographer I am always learning to look at the world in new ways while telling a good story.