April 2019 Napowrimo Day 23

Write a poem about an animal.

an introvert lives in the pond
at our new house
a Zen statue on the rocks
he meditates under the sun
til he senses my shadow
and dives back into the water
to hide under the kelp
what a solitary creature
shy but mysterious
when he retreats into his shell
I wonder if he shuts out the world
because he, too, is tired and bitter
of the ugliness and lies
does he get lonely like me?
perhaps this is why he still emerges sometimes
he continues to breathe
curious and resilient

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