new poetry from staci-lee sherwood : Dedicated to all the unsung heroes of animal rescue

Tonight I went to the beach 

To guard a sea turtle nest

Alone in the quiet I wait and hope
This will be the night this nest hatches

Three college kids come by
Curious about what I’m doing

I tell the tale of struggle against the odds
For the sea turtle to just survive

We part as the moon disappears
Sad the nest did not hatch

Days turn to night
And time goes on

As the sun goes down
I begin the routine I started years ago

I go to the beach to guard a sea turtle nest
In the distance I see people running toward me

I had met them two weeks ago
When we sat for hours in the dark

Hoping to see an ancient miracle 
Of living fossils 

They were excited to tell me their tale
Of their own adventure with sea turtles

They came upon the nest
It had started to hatch

They were sure the hatchlings would go towards the water
They had no buckets or flashlights
With no one to call they were on their own
With living fossils starting their new life

The hatchlings raced toward the dune
Away from where their ocean home was

Calm and determined 
They used their jackets to make a sack 

A cradle of life
That held the lost hatchlings from light pollution

Gently picking them up 
They saved each one from death 

Releasing them into their ocean home 
As the stars twinkled

They told me tonight what had happened
I felt so proud that they got it

You never really know 
The effect you have on people
The seeds you plant 
You hope will grow into awareness and compassion 

That the drive to protect won't die with us 

But will live on 

With the next generation of people we have inspired

For the animals

Bio: Lifelong preservationist, environmentalist and animal advocate. Published writer, blogger and poet. I write poetry for fun and investigative articles to educate and motivate people into action. My travels and passion to make the world a better place inspires my writing. I’m an avid photographer and hiker who calls the east coast home with my rescue kitties.

You can follow or contact me from my blog  or twitter

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By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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