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Afternoon Sun
Jana Kalina


on the rocks,
they rest in silence.

The first,
eyes open. Alert.
Head, on fully extended neck, 
follows sounds
in steady, slow-motion.

The second,
eyes closed — head,
on outstretched neck, placed
on the back of the first —
but, not dreaming;
a momentary surrender
to the afternoon sun
at the edge of the pond:

where hawks hover,
geese gather
and ducks squawk and squabble.
And, adults pass by

and children run through
and no one notices
the turtles' peace

on the rocks,
among the rushes.


© by Jana Kalina.
Used here with the author’s permission.

Jana Kalina lives in Victoria, on Vancouver Island. This Bohemian-born poet with romantic heart and idealistic world view enjoys island life with her Caribbean-Quebecer husband, especially skinny dipping in summer and harvesting wild mushrooms in the fall.

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Kathleen Carlson:
Excellent reminder that other living beings inhabit this planet. Their lives are important too.
Posted 05/06/2017 12:21 PM
Really liked this.
Posted 05/05/2017 02:53 PM
A celebration of turtles in the afternoon sun reminds me so much of summers. Thanks,Jana.
Posted 05/05/2017 10:21 AM
I find myself trying to get in touch with my inner turtle. Good poem.
Posted 05/05/2017 09:00 AM
Your poem brings back memories of watching turtles sunning on a log as we canoe on the water.
Posted 05/05/2017 08:44 AM
Larry Schug:
This poem could've been set in my back yard where the turtles sun like co-eds on spring break. I especially like the description of the turtles--makes me want to lie in the sun with them.
Posted 05/05/2017 08:28 AM

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