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Tortoise Poems

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Selfish Souls
People with hollow souls 
and selfish goals 
addicts to greed 
adding their need 
all out for themselves 
saying “what about me” 

tortoise shells are not for sharing 
their warmth and protection worn by one 
our need one of love and...Read More
Categories: tortoise, people,
Form: Rhyme


Athenian dramatist Aeschylus
died a most tragico-comical death.
A prophecy foretold he would die
by an object dropped from the sky.
Poopooing the warning he ventured out
one day and while strolling about,
an eagle, mistaking his bare skull
for a rock, let drop a tortoise shell
directly...Read More
Categories: tortoise, humor,
Form: Light Verse
Premium Member Shape
The late-night seems like a  stagnant moment, 
Back - counting of those imaginary sheep
Lots of idle moments to contemplate, 
Ample time to think about long-forgotten sleep
Second, minute and hour passes by, 
Without defining anything else
But a creaking noise

That creaking...Read More
Categories: tortoise, sleep,
Form: Free verse
Pine, Turtoise and Crane
The pine tree stands straight in the clouds,
For it is ashamed of any curves and bends.
Various wild vines do not concede defeat,
They cling and climb to the top to compete.
Autumn flowers are in bright purple and red,
Charming and beautiful like...Read More
Categories: tortoise, philosophy,
Form: Rhyme
Diary Of An Aging Man
Today started with a new grey hair.
I find myself enjoying the air.
I think about what I'm going to do.
Not like a young man would do.
Irony is when I risk my life to feel alive.

Today the lines in my face are...Read More
Categories: tortoise, age, feelings, growing up, growth, hair, men,
Form: Free verse

Racing to Live
Who the hell do you think you are?
Roaring by me in your motor car;

Did you not see me standing there?
Or was it just you did not care?

Care to see the world around you;
Racing to no place like a fool;

The rat...Read More
Categories: tortoise, journey, judgement, perspective, rude, voyage,
Form: Rhyme
The Tortoise That Barked
My Tortoise started barking
so I took it for a walk,
I put him on a little leash
which made the neighbours talk,
I threw a tiny stick for him
in the local park,
but by the time he brought it back,
it was getting pretty dark,
I...Read More
Categories: tortoise, children, funny,
Form: Free verse
My Blured Hope
My foot is four legs of a tortoise
My thump is anchor of my docking
My reason is the traffic light of red lights only
My patience is the hand break of a vehicle

Their ‘batakari’ has wings to fly over me
Their worm-length’s shape...Read More
Categories: tortoise, 3rd grade, 4th grade, grief, society,
Form: Narrative
One sided minds telling Leave Dumb
Remain arguments focus on the future
Worst case not yet real what suits ya
 economic decline like 2008 9 

hand over control to be wealthy 
who controls your wealth 
must be mentally unhealthy 

until bad times please 
I plead help me...Read More
Categories: tortoise, england, political,
Form: Free verse
Ultimate Rap League
I’m in a Ultimate Rap league/
Of raps supreme/
Knowledge reigns three hundred sixty degrees/
Smack haters google me/
Can’t this my hidden identity/
I’m favored Highly/
Barring em to death the Irony/
The bars bearing /burying/them/
Heavy burdens/
They in my nest the birds...Read More
Categories: tortoise, blessing, devotion, god, jesus,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Curly and Moe
A tortoise-shell cat and a calico,
Walked to the riverfront way below.
One named Curly. The other named Moe.
Spaceship nabbed them with a curious glow.

Curly taught the aliens how to sew.
They went to a planet alive with snow.
Given a gorgeously furnished chateau,
And...Read More
Categories: tortoise, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th
Form: Monorhyme
When I was a little kid
I used to wonder what the world would be like,
I never counted the possibility
That I would see a head on a spike.

As I looked at the world 
I saw an array of opportunities,
But I disregarded...Read More
Categories: tortoise, 11th grade, childhood,
Form: Rhyme
I Wrote This Cus I Was Bored
History has taught us
we are not a tortoise
we are not a small toy
there are short and tall boys

Sailors must be annoyed
shouting land ahoy
for sailing brings joy
as does the adult toy

Ignorant to ignorance
so it makes no difference
to our own two pence
our...Read More
Categories: tortoise, humorous, word play,
Form: Rhyme
better then snails
truly wanting to
retire in Ecuador
even as a child i

wanted to visit
the Galapagos
but now to learn

in turn how to do
the tantric moves
almost contorted

for a hundred year
coupling without
struggling in Zen

like happy tortured
souls together in a
giant tortoise mating
...Read More
Categories: tortoise, muse,
Form: I do not know?
This Is An Awful Poem
This poem here is bloody awful
it doesn’t flow or rhyme at all tool
forced rhymes move like a turtle 
in the shell but for head and tail
A tortoise has a tail but why? 
can you tell me with your wise?
tails are...Read More
Categories: tortoise, poetry,
Form: Rhyme
Weird fake news
Weird "fake" news

This pencil necked geek
did hair thru the long grapevine
actually following false tidbit
originated within imagination i.e. mine,
while stationed at Macbook Pro
laptop - time already inching close

to hour of rise and shine
yikes still no bloody poem,
though with futility, I keep...Read More
Categories: tortoise, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade, grave,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Written: by Miracle Man

Many people will avow,
to being risk adverse.
In discussing this point,
they often become terse.

if we can’t stick our neck out,
without undue fear.
We’ll be like the tortoise,
and not get anywhere.

Sometimes a decision,
causes life to seem bleak.
But...Read More
Categories: tortoise, how i feel, life,
Form: Lyric
Turtle Island
See-through turquoise waters call
It must be a holiday we forgot
Sidled up on laps against the shore
Like two old friends just holding hands
After hurricanes turn from rage to calm

Tortoise tracks like hieroglyphics scratched 
Etched signs of tiny creatures over time ...Read More
Categories: tortoise, age, animal, death, nature,
Form: Free verse
The Blues
The Blues

I’ve been by the river
With dirty, old  shoes 
Ain’t no swimmer
I done got the blues 
Tired of black, purple hues
Toss me a wave
And a whistle, too
Mold me into a tortoise shell
Give me some water for my empty well
Come...Read More
Categories: tortoise, depression, health, mental illness, psychological, river, suicide,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Turtle Totem
Turtle saved the world;
rescued from silver waters, deep
earth children cling
to tortoise shell,
sky woman’s
plight made right
upon turtle’s

Wizened sage
with gentle eyes,
look upon the vessel
recharging life’s cycle,
 and imbued with
liquid vision
womb waters,
turtle medicine,
heal this child. 

The journey long
the struggle deep
soul revived
in tented sleep
we...Read More
Categories: tortoise, animal, metaphor, nature, poems, poetry,
Form: Free verse
As an aperitif to understand the essence of thought
Blood of a young tortoise touched my lips
Seldom as it is - pure ichor – I whisper’d in a trot
Let me get drunk on it while deifying the lunar eclipse
That is what...Read More
Categories: tortoise, beautiful,
Form: Verse
Premium Member Literary Notes

At age twenty I had made it to Earls Court.
The rented room was seedily solid
having been for decades
filled with wine and cheap sunlight.

Until then I had not read a thing
apart from: ‘The Ship’ by C.S. Forester
and ‘Arms and the...Read More
Categories: tortoise, poetry,
Form: Blank verse
Premium Member Kids From The Village

Just the town children ne'er
feasted a forest of one tree's
in a labyrinth of the uninvited
stirs like cream in cocoa
--rightfully aloof

Their eyes steeped in a delft brew
brimmed by clamourous whispers
of an ephemeral sound alights a tortoise
yet ne'er have tea

Juxtaposition compares bears...Read More
Categories: tortoise, age, children,
Form: Verse
Premium Member twelve hours half a day--CQ

night surrenders
saffron sky delves
import tortoise
export fledglings

sand crabs popout
penguins waddle
porpoises play
zenith star slips

Date: 08/31/2019     *1st Place*
Charlie-Quadku Poetry Contest
Sponsored by: charles messina
4444, 4444.
...Read More
Categories: tortoise, 12th grade,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member here to your old age

I am a tortoise
an age not shared by many
of shells left behind

traipsed sand trails vanish
a lifeless beach that grows cold
my birthday alone

no surprise present
still the same longevity
toast wish they were here

Date: 08/28/2019

...Read More
Categories: tortoise, 12th grade,
Form: Haiku