Typewriter Rodeo: Sea Turtles Hatching

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By Sean PetrieAugust 23, 2019 3:07 pm,

The public releases of Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings just wrapped up for the year. The annual ritual draws many to the Texas Gulf Coast. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Sea Turtles Hatching

Just the tiniest speck

On the sand

Like a stumbling bug


For home

And there’s that call

Those lulling waves

That are only a few feet away

But the journey

Is a slow march

One tiny flipper

After the other

Hoping the seagulls

Don’t come too close

Hoping you are going

In the right direction

You and all those other

Little marchers

And then

After all those slow

Sandy steps

That first taste

Of saltwater

And then the next wave

Rolls over

And you zip

Into your floating

New world

To the sound of waves

And shoreline



Produced by Laura Rice.

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