Poems of the Week


by Iris Herriot

“Family Tortoise Found Alive In Attic 30 Years After Going Missing…”
LAD Bible

“‘Fantastic giant tortoise’ species thought extinct for 100 years found alive”
The Guardian

Henceforward, I suggest that tortoises
Should be secured by locks and mortises.
Without some sort of a surveillance system,
We can’t be sure if they’re missing or if we’ve simply missed ’em.
Keeping tortoises jailed isn’t nice, I agree, I’m not generally OK’ing it;
But how can we know if a species is lost as long as our own species keeps on mislaying it?