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Turtle Talk

hey there Mr Turtle how is your day
going? asked the little boy 
patting the turtle's colorful shell
slow and steady, replied the old turtle
do you ever get bored walking so slow?
not when I get to enjoy the beauty
surrounding me on this splendid earth
do you miss racing and running like I can do?
I don’t see the point in rushing
things son if you move too fast
you make mistakes 
the boy shrugged
how long does it take you to go the lake?
the old turtle said, I don’t measure time
to me it doesn’t matter 
all that matters is now 
right now I am resting here talking
to a very inquisitive lad 
who is making my day so enjoyable
And the boy smiled as he settled down 
in the grass under a big shady tree 
with his new friend.


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  1. Date: 7/17/2014 4:56:00 PM

    very nice take on the contest theme. All children should encounter such a wise turtle in their travels.
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 1:51:00 PM

    lovely to see the young spend time with the old I love the sentiment of this write:-) Hugs jan xxx