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One Turtle

Speeding along a curved road
Eyes watching the asphalt’s twists and turns 
I happen upon a substantial rock
Lying along the road on my course
It takes a few seconds for me to realize
That big brown rock isn’t what it seems
The rock has a yellow neck, legs, a head and tail
That beckon me to stop despite what lies ahead
My reasoning forces me to ponder on it’s future
Will the next car around the curve stop for this comrade
Or will it be struck and left for dead?
I put my car in park and hurry to pick it up
One lonely turtle has found itself being removed
From the path of oncoming vehicles
Taken to the grassy side of the road
Facing the opposite direction 
In hopes that it will find it’s way far from
The impending danger of traffic
Now, this one turtle has a better chance
At living out it’s life at it’s own slow pace

©2014 by Regina Riddle
Written on July 25th, 2014 for FREE VERSE CONTEST...THEME IS TURTLES... 
FREE VERSE ONLY - Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Cyndi MacMillan



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  1. Date: 7/25/2014 1:35:00 PM

    - This turtle was lucky - met someone like you .... saved its life! - Enjoy reading your poems Regina - Hope this will be high on the list of winners - Good luck! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 8:43:00 AM

    A perfect story Regina. Nice seeing this from you...hugs Tim
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 8:27:00 AM

    Wonderful write Regina good luck in the contest. Hugs Jan xx

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