Poems of the Week

Tortoisey Verbosity

by Stephen Gold

“Turtles and tortoises are not commonly considered among the chatterboxes of the animal
kingdom, but scientists have found that they have plenty to say if you listen…”
The Times

The tortoise, somewhat slow to walk,
Is startlingly adept at talk,
Including crackles, croaks and clicks
Among his best linguistic tricks.

Throughout a life of long duration,
Effervescent conversation
Isn’t normally a feature
One attributes to this creature.

Clearly, though, it’s quite fallacious
Not to think that he’s loquacious.
Tortoise, dear, what tales you’ll tell,
Now that you’ve come out your shell.