“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” — Albert Einstein

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I walked around the pond in search of life.
The center is swirled in snowbanks
but the thaw has begun.
No floating fish-the feared winter kill-off, 
only leaves and corn husks float 
in the debris of spring.
Yet under the dock, air bubbles surface
and I imagined the turtle stirring
with dreams of a dragonfly’s spin.
But for now he sleeps. It’s only April.

The challenge here was to give our best and worst of April in 66 words. 


Mama Zen said...

I love the turtle dreaming of a dragonfly's spin. That is such a gorgeous image.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love this! And love the fact that spring is actually on its way! I can even see over the snowbanks when I'm backing out of the driveway now! :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I LOVE this! Especially the turtle dreaming of the dragonfly's spin.....wonderful!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you!! And thanks for doing this.

Thanks! Yes spring will never be more welcome.

Hi! And thank you so much!

Jim said...

No sign of life per se but ones imagination can conjure up some upon a hint, the sight of bubbles near the rocks. I love it.

It reminded me of the three large turtles I saw last week sunning on a limb over the little lake at the golf course here. I have pictures.

Susie Clevenger said...

I like the thought of a turtle dreaming..lovely piece!

Margaret said...

Last year I leaned over a pond mid summer and was surprised to see a snapping turtle beneath the water's surface. It did swim off, but such a thrill went through me. Yes, the image of him dreaming is lovely.

Sumana Roy said...

i love the turtle's dream..and the
vivid images..

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks so much for commenting. I love turtles.

Thanks! I saw one surface last spring and when he dived I saw his tail. First time I'd ever seen a turtle's tail!

Exactly. We see them seldom. Thanks!!

Thanks so much!

Anthony Duce said...

So enjoyed. This visit as spring begins is a nice escape..

Wendy said...

Very good, Yvonne!

It's Autumn for us Down Under. Phew ... the summer was hot and sticky. I wished for snow!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks! Glad you like.

I know...hard to believe we're that far away. Thanks.

Taryn Tyler said...

Lovely. You have a beautiful way of weaving thoughts and images.

Charleen said...

Poor turtle.

Yvonne Osborne said...


Hey....hello! Thank you. Poor turtle indeed....a fresh layer of snow overnight and freezing temps to chill the water and so he continues to hide in his shell in the mucky bottom.