Teo the Tortoise

Teo the Tortoise

Teo the tortoise did not know
he carried the cosmos on his back
till he moved.
It was his right foreleg,
a little way north.
To gulp some water in his mouth
from the edge of a pool,
that was the reason.
As his thirst he quenched,
he contemplated
a shimmer of stars and sky
reflected on the surface,
and thought now he knew why
the load he had to carry was so heavy,
though he did not have the brain to tell
on his back was but a shell.

His friend Hodge the hedgehog
wasn’t very bright, either.

 

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