Turtle Song

Turtle Song poem by Iris Carden

You've swum the ocean currents
for sixty years or more.
Have you felt the oceans changing:
a bit warmer more than before?

On your way to lay your eggs,
back on your familiar beach,
did you see the difference?
Did you see the coral bleach?

Did you see the litter
that humans left behind.
Did you worry for your babies,
incubating in the sand?

Are the kelp forests still growing 
the way they always did?
Are the fish as plentiful?
Are crabs and prawns and squid?

Have you seen floating plastic,
and thought "jellyfish"?
Have you swallowed something strange
which made you sick for a bit?

Have you gained some wisdom
as you've swum around the world?
Something you'd tell humans,
if you could speak the words?

We need to change our ways,
We know we really must.
If it's too late for you,
it could be too late for us.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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