Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Friday, April 26, 2013



I feel so exposed,
so vulnerable
These clothes, this skin
don’t protect me.
Where is my armor,
my home?
I want to hide. Instead,
I clash with everything around me;
I can’t seem to stay still;
I make too much noise!
The predators will surely find me,
and I, no tougher than a worm,
will yield to their teeth


Fireblossom said...

Oh, poor turtle! Don't worry, I'll build you a turtle house to hide in!

I love what you did with the challenge, LM, and I love that illustration, too!

PS--psssst...keep your eyes to the sky and watch out for Ella! ;-)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Awful to find oneself a turtle with no shell and out of one's element!

hedgewitch said...

You really nailed the feeling of exposure and vulnerability here, LM--and the fear. The turtle metaphor works perfectly.

Maggie Grace said...

Am feeling the fear and vulnerability. My turtle & tortoise are so trusting, they lounge in the open with heads curled out and around like a cat. I wish that feeling of peace and trust for you as your turtle self. I too adore the image you chose.

Grandmother Mary said...

It's the flip side of turtle you chose- turtle vulnerable without her home and I chose turtle strong with it. Nicely done.

Ella said...

Hurry and hide! Fireblossom is here to protect you, lol~

I love how vulnerable you are!
I love turtles....
I saw one the size of a half dollar in my yard this week. I save them on occasion, when we have a lot of rain. I move them out of high water ;D and saved one from my beagle rooting it with his nose~

Well Done!

Charleen said...

A turtle would feel vulnerable. Good job capturing that voice!

Kay L. Davies said...

Perfect turtle here, Ms Mouse, and I'm glad you've been warned about Ella. An owl might take quite an interest in a turtle without its shell.

Helen said...

... come visit me in the zoo, I will protect you!!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I can feel the vulnerability - great response to the challenge, kiddo!

Susie Clevenger said...

A turtle with out its shell, how often we crawl exposed and vulnerable. Great piece!

Jinksy said...

Makes me want to provide you with a suit of armour straight away! LOL

Hey Monkey Butt said...

How scary it must be to find yourself a turtle with no shell.