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Turtles

Turtles
We turtles are special and have been revered All over the world for centuries. In the Americas, native people always regarded us As being sacred, symbolical, and mythical. Even Christopher Columbus when he crossed the ocean blue, Paid homage to us in 1492, as he spied a tiny island, Off the coast of Hispaniola, that reminded him of a huge turtle shell, Naming it “Tortuga,” the Spanish word for “turtle.”
Turtles like me are quite versatile, at home on either land or sea, Good weather, bad weather, it’s all the same to me. Freely swimming and roaming sandy beaches, It’s easy to seek protection between sharp rocks and crevices, Colorful coral reefs, sunken ships, And even hostile sharks and octopuses. With friends and foes I forage for food, Among tender seaweeds and crusty ancient barnacles.
Honorable creatures, calm, cool, and seemingly unhurried, We timid turtles trouble no one and mind our own business. Alas! Too many of our gentle kind have sadly disappeared, Some taken for pets, some served on delicate dinner plates, And some carelessly slaughtered. But fortunately for me, I’m the one that got away, And lived to tell the tale!
Date: 7/29/2014 Entered in contest “Turtles” sponsored by: Cyndi MacMillan

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Date: 8/29/2014 12:19:00 AM
Kika, ready for one more 'turtle' poem and adventure? Write a new poem entitled 'Why Do Turtles Cross The Road' and submit it to Brian Johnston's email on Poemhunter.com before midnight on August 31. It is an unusual contest. All entrant poems will be judged not by me but by visitors to my site who read all submitted poems and then are ask to say why they chose one poem over the others. Their answers are as fun really as reading the poems themselves. Come join the fun!
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Kika Ayala
Date: 9/9/2014 7:51:00 PM
Hi Brian, thank you for the invite but I am so sorry I am just now seeing your comment. I would have loved to take part! I am sure that would have been fun! Sorry I missed this one! Kika
Date: 8/9/2014 11:20:00 AM
It felt good reading your poem. Congrats!!
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Kika Ayala
Date: 8/9/2014 3:49:00 PM
Thank you very much for your kind compliment, my friend! Kika
Date: 8/9/2014 9:47:00 AM
Good morning Kika, Congratulations on your great write and win. You should have placed higher. Also; Thank you for commenting on my poem. Your poem captured the heart and soul of the turtle as a sweet imaginative adventure story. Keep up the good work. Take care. Earl
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Kika Ayala
Date: 8/9/2014 3:50:00 PM
Hi Earl, I really appreciate your thoughtful, kind compliments about my work. Thank you my friend! Kika
Date: 8/7/2014 4:00:00 PM
Kika, huge congratulations for your placement in this! Well done! Warmest regards! Pandita
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Kika Ayala
Date: 8/8/2014 9:31:00 PM
Dearest Pandita, it is a pleasure hearing from you. Thank you so much for your kind comments. Kika
Date: 7/30/2014 4:55:00 AM
Long live the turtle!! nicely written. Best wishes for the future.
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Kika Ayala
Date: 7/30/2014 11:13:00 AM
Thank you so much, dear Vandana, for your nice compliments. Kika
Date: 7/29/2014 3:37:00 PM
Kika I just love this...
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Kika Ayala
Date: 7/30/2014 11:14:00 AM
My dear David, I thank you so kindly for your wonderful compliments! Kika.