On Turtle Time

My husband reveres turtles.  He has a collection of stone, marble, and ceramic ones.  He keeps a silver one on a long chain he wears around his neck.  This practice started ten years ago when I was misdiagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  We had quite a scare for ten days waiting for more test results.  That’s when my husband bought a small silver turtle and used it to help him stay calm and focused.  Turtles are known to symbolize long life, so it also acted as a good luck charm and miraculously it was.  Since that time all types of turtles are welcome in our house, and we seek them out when traveling too.  For me, they are a reminder to slow down and remember what is most important.  They remind me to keep my face towards the sun and savor the sunshine.

Yellow-bellied sliders at Turtle Beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina

Turtle Meditation

Almost unnoticed they silently swim,
Camouflaged through murky water
and twisting pond fronds,
Floating, dark like shadows.
A bale of turtles
Gradually emerge with slow,
Careful, ponderous steps,
Lumbering towards the grassy shore,
Traversing pebble and blade,
Oh, so slow grace,
Basking on their own time.
The ornate waxed surface
Of their moss-colored shells,
A parquetry of inlaid squares
Shine in the afternoon light.
Their noble heads
Rise towards the sun,
Still so still… motionless,
Soaking in wisdom
From the sun above
And the grass below,
Hiss… hum… groan…
They croak a Chelonian chant
Carrying the weight of the world
On their ancient backs,
And then… and then… they
Slowly let it go.



With grace and gratitude to TWT: Slice of Life and SOS: Sharing our Stories.
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4 thoughts on “On Turtle Time

  1. “The weight of the world” was a beautiful line. Thanks for sharing the reminder you get from turtle watching! Slow down!

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  2. My family are huge turtle admires as well. We collect all kinds as reminders to not always be in a hurry – so and steady wins the race. Thanks for sharing, I’m glad it was a miss diagnoses.

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  3. Oh my goodness. There are so many lines I love, but soaking in wisdom while being still is one that I am gravitating toward. Maybe I need to live a little more like a turtle!

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