Brenda’s Turtle

When I was a child,

Brenda’s turtle walked

into the hot, hot embers.

No one knew why.

So badly burned

we thought him ready 

for an easeful, sleepy death.

“No, no” said the vet,

“very resilient, turtles,

could live to be a hundred.”

I would like to tell you

that he made the hundred,

but he’s not quite there yet,

though he still seems happy enough.


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