Midnights Voice

Freshman - 1,115 Points (November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

Otter and Other


We went through all the motions
Until all went motionless

The otter frollicked turning everything
Into a game of joy to being alive

Touch became accidental to our ways
Once when we could touch, there could be nothing more

The otter nipped the turtle
Flipped about as it played

Words dripped from our tongues
Heavy like molasses as the intent fades away

Down the hill of grass the otter slides into the river
Over and over like a little child

Reason lost to accusations, accusations took it's toll
Accusations took over time, creating false crime

I watch as the otter swims on it's way
Dipping, diving to where I can't say

Now I sit in darkness and full moon night
Wondering how could something turn so wrong that once was so right

Submitted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Edited: Monday, June 24, 2013

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  • Rookie - 206 Points R.j. Wynn (8/9/2013 4:20:00 PM)

    The otter person must have been mad at you. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,070 Points Diane Hine (7/25/2013 8:14:00 PM)

    Great, the way you've used very different animals to represent different personalities and the tricky relationship between them. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 9,695 Points Heather Wilkins (7/8/2013 6:21:00 PM)

    a good story about the otter. the otter nipped the turtle flipped about as it played. nice (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,104 Points Valsa George (7/4/2013 11:31:00 AM)

    I went through the poem and the story of the otter and the turle! But they slided and glided into the unconscious! What lingers in my conscious mind is the puzzling question....How could something turn so wrong that once was so right! A very quizzical write! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,635 Points Smoky Hoss (7/4/2013 11:23:00 AM)

    Profound and fascinating presentation of thoughts. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,405 Points Dave Walker (7/2/2013 2:25:00 PM)

    Sometimes the truth gets put to one side to let the accusations
    take over, a really fantastic poem, Sometimes the truth does
    come back, but not very often. Really fantastic. (This is what I saw in the poem) . (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,446 Points Somanathan Iyer (6/29/2013 11:32:00 AM)

    It is human tendency change perceptions. What appeared very dear earlier becomes a hated lot later. A nice write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 652 Points Paul Brookes (6/28/2013 7:58:00 AM)

    A fascinating insight and a many layered poem 10/10 BB =: OD (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,812 Points Patricia Grantham (6/27/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    My belief is that the tale of the otter is a story
    of fun and frolicking. On the other hand we all
    wish that romance could be that same way.
    Unfortunately it is not. A thought provoking
    write. Enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,682 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (6/27/2013 6:38:00 AM)

    the otter and the turtle..the scenic expression with lots of doubt..Why? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 603 Points Shahzia Batool (6/27/2013 5:05:00 AM)

    A fable touch.........joining you here in wondering...Now I sit in darkness and full moon night
    Wondering how could something turn so wrong that once was so right (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,538 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (6/27/2013 4:58:00 AM)

    Story of the wild told with deep feelings. Nice. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,016 Points Unwritten Soul (6/26/2013 9:17:00 AM)

    Where to be, is a question of a gate in a border...whenever it was being asked by outsider and even insider...in between it can reply it as it only the border....dont know much about what is inside, less know too about outside
    so keep the silence is only the way...what to do..i dont know so i will ignore_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,665 Points Wahab Abdul (6/25/2013 10:35:00 PM)

    nice one and enjoyed reading and i read the comments too and i agree with them fully... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,037 Points Valerie Dohren (6/24/2013 4:45:00 PM)

    If I read alternate verses together, I come up with a delightful little story about the otter, and a very sad little story about a failed relationship. Can't quite knit the two together, but it makes an interesting write Thomas and provides food for thought. Enjoyed reading. (Report) Reply

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