The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Green Sea Turtle

She’s more of an olive-brown.
Her turquoise liquid city
glitters around her,
peddling fresh jellies and sea-
cucumbers, algae
and treasure-filled seagrasses
while she paddles through
its mottled streets that
morph and swell and
with the far-off tide.

I think of her swimming
in shafts of amber light
that festoon down
like harp strings
as if messages
from the sun—
as if the sun and the turtle speak
in a language of light
they twang in unison
between their blue spectrums
on luminous musical wires.

I think of her
paddling her weathered shell
through the strings
and ringing thrums
deeper than joy or sadness:

I think of her sometimes
when I sing the same song.

About the Writer

Linda Kohler

Linda lives in South Australia on Kaurna land. Her writing appears in Bracken Magazine, Balloons Lit. Journal, Highlights Hello, The School Magazine, the Wakefield Press poetry anthology, Tadpoles in the Torrens (& Teachers' Edition), and elsewhere. She is a mother and former teacher who likes cacao, words and birds.