Poems of the Week

The Turtles Talk Back

by Viveca Priestley

After illustrating a lecture on turtles with photos of scantily clad former students, scientist Dick Vogt was stripped of his Distinguished Herpetologist Award.

He was wrong to include those bikinis,
but think of what’s truly obscene: he’s
the jerk whose slides make us
show all, from cloacas
to purple reptilian weenies!