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Volume 13, Number 12—December 2007

Another Dimension

Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle

Freya Manfred

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EID Manfred F. Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle. Emerg Infect Dis. 2007;13(12):1971. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1312.AD1312
AMA Manfred F. Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2007;13(12):1971. doi:10.3201/eid1312.AD1312.
APA Manfred, F. (2007). Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 13(12), 1971. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1312.AD1312.
I spy his head above the waves,
big as a man’s fist,
black eyes peering at me,
until he dives into darker, deeper water.
Yesterday I saw him a foot from my outstretched hand,
already tilting his great domed shell away.
Ribbons of green moss rippled behind him,
growing along the ridge of his back
and down his long reptilian tail.
He swims in everything he knows,
and what he knows is never forgotten.
Wisely, he fears me as if I were the Plague,
which I am, sick unto death,
swimming to heal myself in his primeval sea.
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DOI: 10.3201/eid1312.AD1312

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