on a fine spring day, a turtle swims leisurely in sun-warmed waters.
Tag Archives: Turtle
Non-Mutant Ninja Turtle [Haiku]
turtle on a log
looks stuck, but vanishes
in an eye blink.
Shell Deceit [Haiku]
false cracks and shine to look like a pile of rocks, the turtle's shell
Turtle Time [Haiku]
the turtle moves slowly; i wonder if it sees slowly?
DAILY PHOTO: Turtle on the Forest Floor
DAILY PHOTO: Turtles of Dusit Zoo
DAILY PHOTO: Turtles Far and Near
DAILY PHOTO: Tháp Rùa by Night
Tháp Rùa is the Turtle Tower in the middle of Hoàn Kiếm Lake, which is the “Lake of the Returned Sword” or–more simply–“Sword Lake.” The lake is in the heart of modern-day Hanoi, and is sacred in Vietnamese folklore.
As the story goes, a Turtle god surfaced on this lake to ask a King named Lê Lợi to give up his sword. The sword was called “Heaven’s Will” (i.e. Thuận Thiên) and was said to have been given to the King by a local deity called the Dragon King (i.e. Long Vương.) Apparently, the Vietnamese King took a “the gods giveth, and the gods taketh away stance,” turning the sword over to the Turtle deity.