“A Bale of Turtles”
After months of hibernation
buried in the mud and muck,
a bale of turtles emerge
into a world of glimmering green.
Heads raised high in jubilation,
they bask in the glittering sunshine,
silent and still,
chasing away winter’s chill.
© Catherine Flynn, 2016
I took this picture at the end of April at a pond near my house. Since then, I’ve been working on this poem, trying to find just the right form, words, and phrases. During that time, I’ve felt like I’ve been buried in the mud and muck of school busyness, which has drained my writing energy. Now that school is over, I decided to revisit these happy turtles, and emerge into the sunshine with them.
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