Newburgh Library is showcasing the works of some of the members of the Hudson Valley Poets. This group meets at the main library on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
I Am Turtle -for Glennis Drew I explore earth's regions, dark edges of forest, even marsh lands. swim watery depths, gaining experience all the time. On land, I bask in the sun and sleep in warm folds of self, where I withdraw inward, there to dream visions of an ancestor spirit. I link earth to water, water to earth, a cycle of eternal balance, I carry my world with me. My shell and I are one, house and home I never leave. I lay my future on the shore and hope my generations survive. Should water submerge these places, I will exist no more, only as art, primeval image of what once was. Perhaps return in another form. When I am flipped, I claw the air. Reach back with neck. Push head against ground. With roll, regain presence through strength, perseverance. I am alone from start. Drawn to water as soon as I leave birth sands of darkness. I am secure in my self. My lumbering pace belies my nature, full of ageless wonder. My artwork I carry with me, upper and lower realms, cycles of twelve carved in designs of mystery. My obstacles are many. I go around them. I look forward. Live in the moment. Have no attachments. I am turtle. Ancient and forever. John Fitzpatrick Published: Stoneboat copyright 2012