Turtle    –by Jinny Batterson

(Inspired by a greenway encounter with a basking turtle as I was bicycling one spring morning.)

A strange noise seems to be

Coming from beyond a big shiny round thing

At the top edge of my vision.

“Good morning, turtle,” the noise says,

Whatever that means.

I raise my head and look toward the noise briefly.

It seems to be a cheerful noise,

But not nearly as important

As exploring this cool patch

Of moss-covered dappled earth

As I conduct my Sunday morning


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