Treasure Island

Valsa George

An Ode to an Amphibian

You don’t have to pitch a tent
Nor build a house to stay
When thousands wander weary and vexed
Without a home or place to rest,

You own a house with a magic door
That opens at will without key or latch
Well protected from all wicked wight
Safe from all robbers, rowdies and rodents

No evil spirits, vampires or ghouls
Dare to disturb it at any rate
It is stronger than all structures extant
Built in mortar, bricks or rocks

You are monarch of a larger empire
Land and water are under your sway
Free to enjoy the treasures of the sea
And feast on the wonders of the land

You are companion to ravenous shark
Darting spectres through azure dark
And monsters that savagely roam the deep
With their uncouth gambols and abrupt leap

You love strolling along slimy strands
And dive down along with laughing waves
You bury your eggs on sandy shores
And guard your progeny from all snares

You are another name for alertness and caution
You make sure that all around is safe and secure
Before you come out from your rocky shelter
But shrink back at once when dangers lurk

You carry on your back your home and shelter
Built so compact to guard from all external threat
Oh! Turtle, we deem you blessed under your carapace
But perhaps you may have a different tale to tell

For all that we see or seem to see
Aren’t they truths far removed from the truth?

Submitted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 02, 2013

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/24/2014 12:47:00 PM)

    Oh! what a tribute to a turtle-dove......Valsa......I am speechless......every sentence so delicately scripted......
    Really takes my breath out......May God bless you with many such amazing poems that you may pen to assuage
    many a soul........10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Adheez Van Der Beanthz (6/12/2013 5:14:00 PM)

    one more outstanding work from a unique idea
    turtle..! yeah, it deserved more attention because it's one of the things that is really special
    lovely poem, i like it (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (6/6/2013 11:57:00 AM)

    Aha turtles, wow as usual you sway, i esp lovd yor 3rd monarch stanza! Yor poem shall live long, turtles live long too my dear poetess friend. :) (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (6/6/2013 11:54:00 AM)

    here i see William Collins here in you..both of you experts in writing Odes....marvellous....10 (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (6/5/2013 10:14:00 PM)

    a nice record of a turtle, but, valsa, i was taught that a turtle is a reptile rather than an amphibian (see the title) . i thought you were going to speak of amphibians as i did (one kind at least) in my poem salamander. by the way, i enjoyed/appreciated your comment on mine. did you really hear that salamanders are extinct. who would say such a thing? ! but i have read numerous times that amphibians are feeling the ill effects of their changing environments. maybe someone was referring to a particular species of salamander. bri (Report) Reply

  • Somanathan Iyer (6/5/2013 12:06:00 PM)

    A realistic depiction of stinking rich. Yes one of the wealthy Lord that I know linked the alarm to Police in case of any attempt to trespass.. The fifth stanza impresses most. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (6/5/2013 10:55:00 AM)

    An ode to a an amazing creature, turtle, it reminds me of Huxley's theory that man is an amphibian. So your poem can have more than one interpretations. The last line can be summed up: I know that I know nothing (scio me nescire) Socrates' Paradox, all wisdom begins with wondering. So ma'am it's all wisdom that you've described. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (6/5/2013 4:50:00 AM)

    You explore nature with your poetry and paint a wonderful picture as well as paying a beautiful tribute. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (6/5/2013 3:40:00 AM)

    Dear friend Tajudeen,
    Do I deserve so much? I am awed by your language and review of my poem! Thanks for your magnanimity! (Report) Reply

  • Tajudeen Shah (6/5/2013 1:48:00 AM)

    See, This is what I said the day before! Your good self would keep exploring still wonderful lands, waters and skies, the skies beyond human imaginations; some glittering void where no stars, planets, meteor would ever appear within these destined, rather limited millions of centuries, of which luckily a few might remain unused as man might extinct in the immediate future by way or other. Here is the scientific and historic relevance of a birth like a tortoise. I expect, envision you crossing such limitations of the wonders of this creature enlisted. True to the core are they, still, only a few practical merits of this birth is where you have limited your imagination, where as this blessed bard could still explore the the blessings of being such a creature, rightly combined, compared and contrasted aquatic science, biology, cosmic wonders and most important of all the unexplored wonders of virgin imaginations. I am excited to read your verses, and imagine, your verses drive me to dive still deeper in pursuit of purest wisdom. Wonderful. God Bless. (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (6/5/2013 1:11:00 AM)

    the double life of the amphibians, who have no principles or anything of that sort...this poem reminds me of the politicians in the corrupt countries..Nice to read.. (Report) Reply

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