Tuesday, May 30, 2006


attempting to camoflage with weeds, she was noticed.
her head darted in and out of shell, neck
straining, confused by the intrusion.
there was egged disappointment at her loss of privacy.

the stranger sat next to turtle(head in shell)
but was quiet and motionless (head out of shell)
and when turtle realized she was protected
for a moment she turned a slow circle
counter-clockwise (if a turtle can read the clock).
she cautiously scuffled off, until hidden
once again by giant iris stalks and river grass.
she was never quite sure why,
why discovering the world was safe in the present
didn't keep her watery fins from running.

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