Cast of Wonders Episode 29: Eggs Under Moon

Show Notes

Of Eggs Under Moon Elizabeth said “This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl, a live poetry activity that I hold monthly in The Wordsmith’s Forge. It was inspired by a prompt from Mary-Grace Ellington.”

Eggs Under Moon

by Elizabeth Barrette

The girl nearly steps on the nest
before she sees it,
throws herself back against the sand
to avoid the faint damp hollow.

She runs to the beach house,
pounds on the door, yells,
“Dragon dragon dragon dragon!”
as fast as she can draw breath.

The old scholar stumps his way
down the slope of the beach
and dutifully inspects the nest,
sweeping away the sand to show the eggs

while his assistant dances with glee,
her peasant blouse falling off one shoulder
as she circles and circles the divot
filled with pearly white globes.

They cover the the nest with a wire cage
and keep careful watch over it.
The dragon turtles have not nested here
in many years, so these are precious.

When the eggs hatch, the scholars are there,
beating back the skuas with brooms,
scooping the hatchlings into the creamy surf
and watching their wet wings unfurl.

With luck, someday a few of these will return,
folding their sail-sized wings under their shells
as they creep up the midnight beach
to lay their eggs under a full moon.

About the Author

Elizabeth Barette


Elizabeth lives in Illinois with her partner, Doug. An avid wordsmith, she works as a writer and editor, doing poetry, articles, essays, reviews, interviews, short stories, and more. Her main fields include speculative fiction, gender studies, environmental/social issues, and alternative spirituality. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric with a Women’s Studies minor from the English Department at the University of Illinois.

She has published hundreds of poems, dozens of articles, and dozens of short stories. Her writing has appeared in periodicals such as Apex, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Horror Writers Association Newsletter, the Llewellyn annuals, The Lorelei Signal, Mytholog, Nature’s Song, Noneuclidean Café and many, many more.


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About the Narrators

Barry J. Northern

Barry is a game developer based in Bournemouth, England making freemium games for clients such LEGO and the BBC. His latest game is breaking all records on iOS, not surprising with a title like L”. It’s for younger kids, but if you fancy blasting alien brains check out LEGO Hero Factory Brain Attack.

All this game developing has meant that Barry hasn’t been as active in the podcasting and fiction world as he used to be. He still does the occasional narration for other shows, such as The Drabblecast, and appears on Cast of Wonders from time to time.

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Mae Zarris-Heaney

Mae Zarris-Heaney is a MasterChef-wannabe disguised as a telco professional. She lives in the picturesque outer suburbs of Melbourne in a house being overtaken by rabid plants. You can see her delicious cooking experiments online or hit her up on Facebook.

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Rish Outfield

Rish Outfield can be found regularly at The Dunesteef podcast, which he produces with Big Anklevich, and you can hear him pretty much everywhere in the genre story pod-o-sphere. You can find him online.

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