Ode to a Sea Turtle

By Grace Hendrickson

Ocean’s grandpa, you, shuffle

with the current, dappled cardigan

flippers and cracked walnut shell

home. You travel with your multi-

generational family, spry as the young

babes. Navigation and knowledge shared

like sticky hard candy from your pocket.

Upwards, eyes to God, hollow shell, an

open casket. 

Grace Hendrickson graduated with her B.A. in English from Pittsburg State University in 2018. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English. She is a current staff member at Emerald City and editor of the Cow Creek Chapbook Contest. Her poems, stories, and reviews have appeared in Cow Creek Review and Harbor Review. She has won the Charles Cagle Fiction Award, Jo McDougall Poetry Award, Karen Stolz Prize in Fiction, and runner-up for Karen Stolz Prize in Poetry.

Guest Editor Lori Martin is an associate professor of English at Pittsburg State University. She’s had both poetry and fiction published in magazines like Prick of the SpindleThe MacGuffin(parenthetical)The Little Balkans ReviewRoom MagazineGrass LimbThe KnicknackeryThe Tampa Review (forthcoming), and The Maine Review. Martin is poetry editor for The Midwest Quarterly.

One thought on “Ode to a Sea Turtle

  1. Grace, I love this poem. I have been to the Galapagos and this brought back beautiful memories of visiting with the sea turtles.

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