Anatomy of the Archetypal Tortoise

Anatomy of the Archetypal Tortoise

The archetypal tortoise
sleeps inside his shell,
nibbles a tomato,
does the few things he does do well.

He likes a bit of cabbage,
sips water from a tray,
hibernates for winter,
lives for many a long slow day.

He seems a happy reptile,
eats a lettuce leaf,
his back shell his shelter,
calm containment is his belief.

Related to the turtle,
far slower than a hare,
slightly faster than a snail,
does no sums, cannot count a care.

So concludes his anatomy,
his inspection well,
the lens on his habits,
of him little less more to tell.

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