Halted during its slow journey to the other side, A common turtle lay clumsily split in two. His natural armor offered little protection From Man’s four-wheel driven nightmare, And he became just another unlisted casualty. As the surging ocean’s unrelenting roar Announces the arrival of land’s end, A hummingbird prepares for birthing By hurriedly picking dandelion seeds To further warm her soon to be filled nest. Daydreaming under an exploding, starlit sky, He remembered watching the gliding gulls Purposeful use of favorable breezes, And saw himself. . .Becoming. . . Ungrounded. . .And Ready for Flight.