Copyright 2013 by Leslie Varsava. All rights reserved.


Wondrous beast that long ago
Shared the Earth with dinosaurs
Hibernates in the mud below
Free from any winter chores

But spring will come and she will wake
To emerge from the lake
Another clutch of eggs she’ll give
With hopes that one or two will live

For though she has little to fear
With powerful jaws and tough armor
This creature of seventy years
Knows her young face predators

Raccoons and skunks eat the eggs
Survivors scramble on stubby legs
Dodging raptors, fish and snakes
To bury in the mud and hibernate

Source: Up North by Doug Bennet and Tim Tiner