snapping turtle

She heaves her terrible body out of the black mud,
Like the monster in a Grade B movie.
You know the movie I mean
Where the townsfolk run off, screaming from the hill,
even though–
the monster has yet to make a single aggressive gesture.
Hasn’t made so much as an off-color remark even.
I understand the running.
It’s the screaming that puts me off.
This one has come to lay her eggs in our garden.
To wreak havoc on our sugar snaps.
I lie down in the grass, watch her side-on.
She fills my vision.

Big as a footstool.
She’s like T-Rex, only less irate.
Even so, her jaws can snap a shovel. Or so they say.
Tank of a body, a shield of solid armor.
She was there, you know, just after the Big Bang.
Out of the wreckage, she came together, like a boulder.
She’s older than dirt. Or so they say.
She stops mid-stride, one foot raised, freeze-framed.
My breath stays.

Now, here’s where I should remind you–
I’m not wearing any armor. I’m a little afraid.
Of our differences.

She rolls one dreadful eye towards me.

I drop down

                               and down

and down.

It’s not your fault, I tell her. Maybe if you blinked–
Every once in a while.
Oh, if you’d let me–I know better than to ask!
I’d lay my hand on your knobby forehead,
And then you could rest your tired, old eyes.

at any rate,

here we are–

Let us just pause a moment

And consider, just how far we’ve come.



4 thoughts on “snapping turtle

  1. Hi, Karen. Following your blog and enjoyed this poem. Unable to share (hint: activate your share buttons). Your blog is looking good and I know it’s not easy to set things up. WordPress is a great platform and they have excellent videos to help us. Check them out and have a lovely weekend!


    1. Good morning Bette. Thank you so much for sharing that tip! I am not techno-savvy by a long shot, so I appreciate this help. It’s my next project-to get a lot more savvy in Linked In and WP. I hope you have a great day and I look forward to chatting with you in the future!


  2. I went reading on your website and found these poems of yours. Delightful! And I love how you’ve presented yourself. May I be so confident myself. Thinking it’s time to update my bio stuff. 😉🙏🏼


    1. Hi Lasell! Gosh, I completely missed this comment. Thank you so much. I often have trouble with wordpress and I’m sure it isn’t their problem. I am so not tech-savvy. You should feel confident. You’re very, very good. Keep writing from your heart and own your message.

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