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Deborah Ager - The Tortoise In Keystone Heights

When I knew, it was raining.
Winter in decline.  I was tired. 
You in your soaked shirt diffused
into the western sky bulging with clouds,
speeding cars a few feet away—
why would they not slow down?

Though afternoon, a slip of moon 
busied itself with rising, 
and it had to mean something.
If only the moon were not out.
You shoveled the crushed tortoise
and her eggs off the highway into the dirt.

Those soft, white eggs. 
This is how I love you:
drenched with Florida rain
and looking like hell,
Florida itself a hell,
the moonlit rain a rain of fire.

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Poet: Deborah Ager
Poem: The Tortoise In Keystone Heights
Volume: American Literary Review
Year: Published/Written in 2002
Poem of the Day: Jul 27 2016

Comment 1 of 1, added on November 23rd, 2004 at 1:29 PM.

I love this poem. It has so much meaning to it. I just love her writing

Kristen from United States

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