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Come wrestle with a gator!
Said the poster at the fair.
With tape around its mouth, it looked
Pathetic in its lair.

Yet in a cage adjoining it,
A tortoise ambled 'round,
Its movements sure and steady,
One foot lifting off the ground.

With claws extended, it appeared
To glide on tippy toes;
Its ancient eyes gazed straight ahead,
A true reptilian pose.

The children leaned and stroked its shell.
It didn't seem to mind,
Although I'm sure it would have liked
A stroke from its own kind.

That tortoise kept on moving,
Though perhaps to help prepare
For a coming-soon encounter
With an unsuspecting hare!

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  1. Date: 12/3/2012 3:06:00 PM
    Always such an enjoyable write ilene. Your words always paint such a clever scene.

  1. Date: 12/3/2012 11:28:00 AM
    This poem is really quite zoological triumph! Glad you liked my Chankah poem. I also have an article about Chanukah in the next issue of Barr's Postcard News. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 12/3/2012 4:37:00 AM
    lovely share...feel so nice reading your great work..thank you Ilene...have a wonderful blessing day.....much luv <3 SK

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 9:35:00 PM
    Lol, I knew Jon would like it. I like it too, Ilene. It is so cute, especially when you said "its ancient eyes". They do look ancient, don't they? They are adorable, so regal in their own way :)

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 7:26:00 PM
    I love this so much. This poem is a true gem. A poem about animals with witty charm. This will be going among my favorites. Awesome poem!