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Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star Turtle

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Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star Turtle

Ahead - the intergalactic nothingness
Black, black

Abaft - the coruscating cosmos
White, white

I swim...

WHY DO YOU SWIM?, asked Death

I do not answer.

WHERE DO YOU GO?, asked Death

I do not answer.

Death leaves. 

He will return.

I feel not the weight of the elephants upon my back.
I feel not the weight of the world upon the elephants.

I feel not.

I swim...

I swim from the Birthplace. 
I swim to the Time of Mating.

Upon the world above, Death works hard.

I swim...


I respond.

You will not understand.
I was here before you.
I will be here after you.
Go away.

Death leaves.

He will not return.

I swim...

a turtle swims
in oceans of time--
island galaxies

July 16, 2014

*Great A'Tuin is a character in the Discworld series by Terry Prather.

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  1. Date: 8/9/2014 11:08:00 AM
    Your take on the theme is interesting, well done, Congrats, Roy!!

  1. Date: 8/8/2014 1:02:00 PM
    Congratulations, Roy, on your interesting and strong take on the turtle theme. You have some kind of mind, my friend. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 11:15:00 PM
    yes,I sure remember this one. Such a wise poem, Roy, and you used some great vocabulary in that beginning part. BIG congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 5:58:00 AM
    Wow an awesome write Roy !Death can't undo turtles,, great ! congrats on huge win!

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 3:30:00 AM
    the essence of turtle, well portrayed, Roy. It can even defy the death. so very interestingly put. Congrats for the fine win and a way to go. Mohan

  1. Date: 7/31/2014 11:16:00 AM
    Wow... awesome writing. I would never have been so creative. Happy writing and God bless you.

  1. Date: 7/21/2014 8:21:00 AM
    Wow! Roy, this is an amazing write my friend! Surely a winner! I didn't even attempt this one. Couldn't get past a turtle named myrtle or some crap. Lol...

  1. Date: 7/20/2014 5:32:00 AM
    Excellent take on the theme Roy!Good luck in the contest! Hugs Jan xxx

  1. Date: 7/16/2014 5:38:00 PM
    wow, this is ONE AWESOME freaking turtle poem!! How I wish I had thought of it, Roy. I am clueless on this theme!!!