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Our text for this session was the poem “Song for the Turtles in the Gulf” by Linda Hogan, posted below.
Our prompt for this session was: “Write about secret importance.”
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“Song for the Turtles in the Gulf” by Linda Hogan We had been together so very long, you willing to swim with me just last month, myself merely small in the ocean of splendor and light, the reflections and distortions of us, and now when I see the man from British Petroleum lift you up dead from the plastic bin of death, he with a smile, you burned and covered with red-black oil, torched and pained, all I can think is that I loved your life, the very air you exhaled when you rose, old great mother, the beautiful swimmer, the mosaic growth of shell so detailed, no part of you simple, meaningless, or able to be created by any human, only destroyed. How can they learn the secret importance of your beaten heart, the eyes of another intelligence than ours, maybe greater, with claws, flippers, plastron. Forgive us for being thrown off true, for our trespasses, in the eddies of the water where we first walked. Copyright © 2014 by Linda Hogan. From Dark. Sweet.: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2014).