|A loggerhead turtle nesting at night|
|The tracks left behind by a nesting loggerhead- a sign of where the nest can be found|
Living in beautiful South Carolina on the shores of the Atlantic, loggerhead turtles nest here in the summer and fall on our beach. It’s a quiet and natural beachfront, unlike so much of the Grand Strand. Those turtles and their nests are associated with some of my most magical moments over the years. Last year, it was my privilege to witness the emergence of a few baby stragglers out of a nest which had partially hatched the previous day. They came out late in the evening one night. The full moon and I were the only witnesses to their birth. The experience is one I’ll never forget.
|A baby loggerhead makes its way to the sea|
22 years ago, I also had an amazing experience with the loggerheads. My little children were in various stages of undress after a long day at the beach. Rather than deal with sagging diapers, I let the youngest two just run around naked. While there, during the twilight hours, a nest began to emerge. We were able to escort the hatchlings to the water. It was fantastic! Watching my naked babies escort the baby turtles to the ocean is something I’ll remember forever with nostalgia.
I don’t know that it’s finished, but I thought others might enjoy the spirit of the piece even in its rough form. I’ve painted turtles in the past, but hope to let this poem inspire a painting or perhaps even a series of paintings! I hope you enjoy it.
|Turtle Dreams- Abstract Mixed Media|
Her children; plants and all of life
Who count on day for light.
With mother’s love,
I hope you enjoyed my little poem. I’m not sure about the title (it almost seems like it would be a great name for a rock band, lol!
They have some other surprise plans I can’t reveal at this point, but I’ll be sure to write about THAT experience later this month! So exciting!!
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