Sea turtles hatching on a southern shore
wobbled toward the lights along the pier.
Their vision and direction sense still poor,
their fates would probably have been severe:
the moon, ideally their proper guide,
was hidden in the sky that wasn’t clear,
and, led astray by bulbs, they could have died
before that ocean beacon could appear.
But people hatched a plan for helping out:
with flashlights emulating lunar guidance,
they coaxed the turtles to the proper route,
employing their instinctive light reliance.
You too help some steer from a lifeless fate
and lead them home with light you emulate.
Mario A. Pita
reading by Maria I. Pita