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Sea Turtle

Subtle beak peeks, blowing through a reef’s ostentatiousness
Emerging from dark impervious depths, the need to breathe
Adept adaptation caught between the blues and greens of aqua 

Turtle spins in shelly quagmire where the sea and land consort
Ungainly gravity adheres, sands rasp of birth or death juju
Raking flippers grasp a slow, staid, trek, back to the water

Tortuous adversities unwind in the airy world fraught 
Leaving ablutions of the ocean with its weightless thrill
Emptied gasps fill, descending once more, to polish its brown mottle 


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