Today my poem is based on a book of Japanese fairy tales I'm rereading. There's a very sad one about a man who falls in love with a turtle princess and when he leaves her to go see his family he finds that 300 years have passed. I wanted to reimagine the story so that he could live and die in peace. This stanza is a start. It's also heavily influenced by Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea". I may weave some found poetry from the texts into this one.
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