H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
The Tortoise and the Semi
invade Turtle Island
while ancient Turtle species
stretching back to the foundation
of the Earth trudge toward extinction
because boys have been brainwashed
to fantasize cartoon turtles
rather than Real Turtles
that lurk in pond or creek.
And the Turtle whose back
supports the Planet makes
her way patiently across
the lonely night highway
of the Milky Way in the
path of the runaway semi
of urban-industrial hit-and-run.
On a more cheerful note:
lots of Turtles do make it
across roads without getting
squashed. Let's hope our Turtle
is one of those lucky Turtles!
[Originally published in NHS 2005, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs05/jeff_poniewaz.html.]