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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Wendy E. Kaplan

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What The Turtle Taught Me

(Poetry) is the voice within the voice of the turtle.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Today I saved a turtle in the road,
at least until it turns around again,
to go the crazy way a turtle goes:
away from safety nine times out of ten.

Like when I cross the border to a state
at once familiar, happy, sad and strange,
a mix I never quite anticipate
in my denying mind that knows no change.

Each time I hope at last I will arrive
at channels clear to salt-free seas, to drink
abundant nectar I have been deprived,
if only as I swim I do not sink.

The turtle taught me how to travel well:
Cross borders cautiously and wear a shell.