This One’s for Ginge

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I’ve just been informed it’s World Turtle Day.

As usual I’m a little slow off the mark

But I’m sticking my neck out now

writing a poem to Ginge

in his tiny turtle tank looking out at the world

I’ve been reading him some famous turtle poems
including Robert Lowells’ Waking in the Blue

but Ginge and I are shaking our heads:

the only turtle reference is ‘I strut in my turtle-necked

French sailor’s jersey’.

but the one by Mark Doty has a few really good lines:

‘a snapping turtle lumbered down the centre

of the asphalt like an ambulatory helmet’

Ginge liked that

I read him a few more but their meanings were slow

to emerge

Perhaps that’s the point.

I hope he likes this poem.

I’ve been working on this one all day but I still

haven’t got very far.

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “This One’s for Ginge

  1. Say Hi to Ginge. Tell him, i know he swims and is not really fond of walking. On world turtle day, i want to remind all that the story of Rabbit was set with a Tortoise and not Turtle. A turtle wouldn’t care about a Rabbit anyway.
    A slow and winning piece you wrote

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