Prompt #2: “…write a poem based on a non-Greco-Roman myth.”
What better mythological creature to write about than the Black Tortoise.
Black Tortoise: Xuanu, Genbu, Hyeonmu.
Obstacle of holiness are You.
Left to your own devices,
You bully, you threaten, your terrorize.
Repentant. You are forgiven.
Forgiven you are Given.
Symbol of Longevity, go forth,
Forevermore, Wisdom of the North.
Oh now, that was hard.