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Friday, January 24, 2020

Ode for the Deep Sea Turtle

Of the deep sea turtle
As with you and me
It's equally true
That we feel safer
When hidden in 
Whatever it was
 We once were

This is a secret
To our survival
That the past is
Valuable enough
To carry around with us as
A permanent attachment

And whether deep
In metaphor or flesh
The messages encoded
On our backs may indeed
Be difficult for us to see
Let alone understand
Such is the opacity
Of our dreams
Which nonetheless eventually
Come to encase us just as
A shell does the Leatherback

In the end
We're most alive
In our extremities
Yet always at the ready
To draw inward
If and when we feel
Unduly threatened
Or attacked

 Deep Sea Turtle by M. Bridge

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