Little Black Turtle

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub:  One Memento  (posted by Mish)
Today I am asking you to write a poem about one memento. You may use a souvenir from your travels, a photo, a keepsake from a special moment or event, perhaps a small token that is dear to your heart. Let it channel the emotion and significance that it holds for you. Give us a little piece of your past, a glimpse of who you are. If you find this perspective too personal, feel free to use a fictitious memento and/or voice.

A World War Two soldier
stopped at a quarry
in Italy. He brought home
a small black turtle made
of granite. His shell
comes off, and in that hollow
space, you can place your own
memento.  I adore that little animal
and always keep it in sight.
It makes me smile, and think
of that soldier–my Dad. He loved
the country and its people,
even learned to speak
Italian, remembering
that language for all his life.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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29 Responses to Little Black Turtle

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    I love the depth of the memory in this, Sara. Solid as granite.


  2. Mish says:

    I like that a memento can hold another.


  3. therisa says:

    A precious gift and memento, which you can store more memories, in it. Thank you, Sara, for sharing this special poem.

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  4. So much to love in this… when a whole story is captured in a little animal.

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  5. Kathy Reed says:

    A precious memory and a place for another precious memento!


  6. Vijita says:

    Beautifully written 🙂 a great feel…


  7. maria says:

    Beautifully penned. And I love the imagery.


  8. Misky says:

    Perfectly tied together by sentiment and physical object. Nicely done, Sara.


  9. lillian says:

    Your words here tell me exactly what the memento looks like but, more importantly, the love that is still contained within.


  10. Grace says:

    A precious memento from your father Sara ~ Thanks for the personal share ~


  11. frankhubeny says:

    Such boxes make nice mementos in themselves to hold other mementos.


  12. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Loved this–makes me wonder what mementos were hidden in its shell over the years. Born in ’44, I never knew my father. My mother married someone else, saying Daddy X was killed in the war.


  13. A really lovely write Sarah. I can feel the tenderness with which you hold this Turtle in your heart.


  14. Bev says:

    Oft times it is the smallest thing that holds the largest memory. Beautiful memory.


  15. MYRNA ZACH says:

    a very dear memento from a very dear man


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