“FOR THE SANDY SEA TURTLE”

Doing something
you love
inspite of
the ridicule,
expectations,
and
condemnation
of nobody
but yourself
is hardly mediocre--
to say nothing
of the opinions
of the others.

It is
the threshold
for which any
thing
worth doing
must endure
beyond being born.

One in one thousand
sea turtles survive
from a hatchling
the size of a bean
to six or seven feet.

Don't be eaten alive
by the hunger
of your own appetite.
Don't be afraid to be
weak. Don't be ashamed
to be, now, less than
what you will be next
week
or thirty years from now.
If it is your time
to crawl, then you must
do what you must
to get off this sandy
beach
and find your water.
This is where
you will swim
and
you will hunt
and
you will love
and
you will look
so good
doing it,
some of us will want you
upon walls,
behind glass.

Find your water and stay
wild. You are beautiful.
You are a sea turtle.
Doing what you love
where you love doing it
is worth holding
your breath for.
And to gander a glimpse
of a creature so rare
is worth holding mine.

Find your water
and go get wet
in this life
of no regret.

narrative poem written on 02-03-2013 by: on mattkane.com
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