Profile image
By CoyotePrime (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “Turtle”

Saturday, March 4, 2017 15:26
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

B4INREMOTE-aHR0cHM6Ly8xLmJwLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8tM1hwMXZoNnhjaDAvVnBGbTEycGx4ZEkvQUFBQUFBQUJoRHcvUXk3S3RaRmFMeDQvczMyMC8yMDEwMTAtdHVydGxlcy1zbmFwcGluZy5qcGc=
“Turtle”

“Now I see it-
it nudges with its bulldog head
the slippery stems of the lilies, making them tremble;
and now it noses along in the wake of the little brown teal
who is leading her soft children
from one side of the pond to the other; she keeps
close to the edge
and they follow closely, the good children-
the tender children,
the sweet children, dangling their pretty feet
into the darkness.
And now will come- I can count on it- the murky splash,
the certain victory 
of that pink and gassy mouth, and the frantic
circling of the hen while the rest of the chicks
flare away over the water and into the reeds, and my heart
will be most mournful on their account.

 But, listen, what’s important?
Nothing’s important
except that the great and cruel mystery of the world,
of which this is a part, not to be denied. 

Once,
I happened to see, on a city street, in summer,
a dusty, fouled turtle plodded along-
a snapper-
broken out I suppose from some backyard cage-
and I knew what I had to do-
I looked it right in the eyes, and I caught it-
I put it, like a small mountain range,
into a knapsack, and I took it out
of the city, and I let it
down into the dark pond, into
the cool water,
and the light of the lilies,
to live.”

- Mary Oliver



Source: http://coyoteprime-runningcauseicantfly.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-poet-mary-oliver-turtle.html

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories
 

Featured

 

Top Global

 

Top Alternative

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.