The Turtle Knows

It’s the longing that breaks the heart,

That wistful ache that burns hallow and cold.

Hiding pain away in the pit of bellies,

Hidden under the armor of ribs,

Inside it’s human carapace cage,

The heart will sometimes hide.

The turtle knows it’s ache,

And why he hides in his shell.

His heart was lost once, too.


The heart contradicts itself,

Skinny dipping in gilded sorrow,

laden with hope- still.

As a soft oil painting, love worn but forever on display,

The heart will always look.

Glue patches filling its craquelue technique,

Overstretched too many times.

Not patient enough to be silent.

Yet my heart stretches itself forever for you.

Those silly elastic heart strings don’t understand,

Their length.


They reach,

Forever reaching..

To touch

To smile

To hear

That you are a turtle too.




  1. zigzagstripes · May 10, 2016

    Beautiful thoughts 🙂

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  2. Sixeighty · May 10, 2016

    This is a lovely perspective on turtles, and possibly something with a deeper meaning to you?

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  3. VictoryInTrouble · May 10, 2016

    My heart stretches itself forever for you– I love that and it’s so true for me. Sometimes I wonder how good that is but I don’t know how else to be…
    Beautiful poem!

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  4. rh15216 · May 10, 2016

    Skinny dipping in gilded sorrow… beautiful!

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  5. lamarrwenrich · May 10, 2016

    My heart stretches forever for you..
    Beautiful love though painful
    Love this poem💕

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  6. clcouch123 · May 11, 2016

    I appreciate the metaphoric language and lyric quality in this poem. The turtle, soft being covered by a tough shell into which it can hide. Yes, that’s us. There’s a story called Old Turtle that you might enjoy (by Douglas Wood, I think). Your wisdom here reminds me of the wisdom there.

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