Published in New Verses from New Voices, the second collection of poems of the ‘New Voices’ poetry group, Wellington Square Press, Sydney, 2016, p. 28.
Bursting with energy
like Des Renford’s swimming,
loggerhead and green turtles plunge
plump shells into water,
surfacing for breath, rhythmically
sweeping thick oars through the ocean,
frothing the surface.
After marathon journeys
convoys seek refuge,
returning to coral cays to nest
clutches of white eggs.
By late summer new hatchlings
scramble from their sandy rest,
a race to the sea,
a fresh cycle of the rookery.