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.
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