On Turtleback Lane

“Storm’s over, Girlie,”
He hath said to me.
“Thunder’s shook and passed you, Sugar;
Our promises We keep.”

“We opened your chest
And poured you full of what We wilt.
Then, by and by,
We made sure you landed
Well within the rye.”

“Don’t think that the rye fields are safe for good,”
He continued on.
“For there be pests and stones and ergotism
That wouldn’t spare a fawn.”

“That’s the way We made things, Sugar.”
O, what a precarious thing,
Like a water glass teeters on the back of a turtle.
“Yes–another storm We’ll bring.”

I hope it won’t be the same as the last.
“Only We have knowkedge of that, Girl.
But each raindrop and lightning pop
Does have its own unique whirl.”

So be it that another storm is just beginning.
But this time, God willing,
I’ll know better and I’ll remember
To stand under only His umbrella.

I’ll stay to see whatever may be
To behold
(For there are things that can’t be sold)
And the Earth indeed He’ll fold.


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  1. I dont understand the line of thought that went in to the creation of this poem, but I sense a beauty in the lines on the same lines when one likes a painting without knowing why exactly.
    Also, learnt new word ergotism 🙂


    1. Thank you so much for reading and leaving this feedback! I agree with you. I am even confused by this poem myself. I guess the idea was that the speaker has just come out the other side of something very difficult (“a storm”) and God saw to it that the speaker came out of it all right. But, God warns that there will be other difficulties, different ones. The speaker accepts that what ever happens happens but he/she will remember the protection of God through the next trial/storm. The speaker vows to stay present and not give up and thinks that God will do amazing things through the bringing of storms/tests.

      That was kind of a long-ish explanation. I don’t think I wrote this poem very well but eh. Thank you for complimenting the overall impression the poem left with you. I really appreciate that.

      Yeah ergotism is sort of a poisoning caused by eating rye riddled with a certain fungus. This is in the poem bc the speaker was resting in a rye field (a metaphor for safety and innocence as connected to The Catcher in the Rye) but God says be careful, at some point even a rye field isn’t safe.

      You get me?

      Thanks for letting me explain it all out, if for myself more than anyone else. Have a great day.

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      1. So well described, I read it again and now the world makes more sense 😊
        Kudos to the line of thought and also the effort in trying to make people like me understand.


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