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The turtle stared again
At the shell in the corner.

She finally dusted it off,
because the past deserved respect,
and held it up into the light.
It was still as hard as a rock.
Yes.
It was there for protection.

Protection from what, though?

Uncertainty, perhaps.
Or maybe it was pain.

Protection shut out, though.

Happiness, perhaps.
Or maybe it was adventure.

She did not put it back in the corner,
or hide it in the dark.
She crafted a stand, a podium,
with all the passion
a small turtle such as she could contain.
She placed the shell on it,
and it was in the light,
for any and all to see.

No,
she was not going to wear it,
her lovely shell,
again.

That age passed.

But yes,
she was going to celebrate it,
her lovely shell,
always.

And so she walked out the door,
into the world,
with a smile on her face,
and her utmost confidence equipped.

The turtle waved goodbye
to the shell on the podium.
A sequel to a sequel written for New Year's. Hope 2014 is a good one!
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Spottedtalon24 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like I can relate to this.  It's a new year so I've been trying to forget about the past and look to the future.  I've been thinking of the past as a bad thing, but it isn't at all.  Instead of being sad that things ended I should be happy they happened.  The shell is like the past, in a way.  XD
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PuppyDawg1022 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Filmographer
Yes. Yes it is. XD
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Kreinbahthur Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I took the placing of the shell on a podium as more of an expression of triumph. Kind of like warriors do when they retrieve spoils and trophies from the carnage; they remind them and show others of the trials they had to face, but eventually they overcame them and remember their victory with pride.

I can see what the poem is trying to say since I usually look back on any pain I've faced with almost a sense of nostalgia. Whatever it was that was hurting me I eventually beat, and in my way of seeing these triumphs, then made a slave to serve my every whim.
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PuppyDawg1022 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
YES! Thank you! XD
I think you've managed to understand what I've written better than I have.
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ThePurpleGirl100 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
It's great to celebrate milestones of things we overcome, but make sure that they don't become an idol. Idk, maybe I got the wrong interpretation, but when you said that the "turtle" put the shell on a podium it seemed like more of putting it on a spot of glory instead of fully letting go to overcome it. (Sorry, I'm not trying to make you angry or be offensive I'm just trying to figure out the message and that's how I saw it.:/ )
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PuppyDawg1022 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
For me it was putting it on display and remembering while still being able to walk away and forget.
And thank you for interpretation! XD I'm not offended. It helps me get better at poetry (because I'm not good at it at the moment).
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ThePurpleGirl100 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Okay sorry. I made it a much bigger deal than it was. XD I think it's good. It's not that your bad, it's just you have a different style. For me, I go for details, but you like it short and sweet and there's nothing wrong with that. You keep things simplistic instead of overly dramatic like I do. :P
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PuppyDawg1022 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
There's no such thing as "overly dramatic" unless you are writing a "Twilight" book.
In all seriousness, though, I would be dramatic if I knew how! XD It's all an art form.
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