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The March





The March

 

  Loggerhead Turtles  150 million  years

 old can grow to be three feet, 300 lbs.

 

 Twenty turtles hatch on Pawley's Island

            where  we form strict lines

 on the sand to witness

 

the sway and shuffle of  baby turtles   

            while trained volunteers

nudge them straight with their feet

 

We never touch or speak

             but search for predators

who will dive  snap   kill

 

Near the sea a volunteer plucks up 

            turtles  placing them one

 by one on incoming  waves

 

The turtles swim forward  roll back   

            race for their lives

while we see the swoop of a hawk

           

Hear his squawk   watch

            his mouth tighten

as he flies back  to his nest

 

We accept the inevitable

            trudge in straight lines

 up the beach to our clean vans



Mare Leonard




Mare Leonard lives in an old school house overlooking The Rondout Creek. Away from
her own personal blackboard, she teaches through the Institute for Writing and Thinking
and the MAT program at Bard College. She has published four chapbooks of poetry and a
new one, The Dark Inside the Hooded Coat will be published shortly at Finishing Line
Press.
www.mareleonard.com

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