Tribute to a Turtle

A Wise Turtle
A Wise Turtle
In a stormy time
In a stormy time
taking it easy
taking it easy
living the safe life.
living the safe life.
the storm is over
the storm is over
Brighter days ahead
Brighter days ahead



Slow are his movements. and in a quiet repose,

The lonely turtle sits, as his fate, only he knows.

Though time is late, and the storm draws near,

The dome shelled sage, shows such little fear.



The once blue sky, growing darker in the night,

Resounding thunders, seem to give all a fright.

Pounding hail stones cascade in huge showers,

While the turtle snoozes to wile away the hours.



He doesn't even bother to slip down into his hole,

where his turtle family awaits him, there to console.

Through lightning's bright flash, and a howling wind,

A dozing old reptile has a fond message to send.



Just to follow my lead, and in common sense to heed,

Don't stick out your necks, is much better to succeed.

When all becomes wrecks, in the box shaped abodes,

while there's much safer domains, as nature explodes.






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Wise is, as wise does.
Wise is, as wise does.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

How very clever and beautiful. Love the message at the end. Well done my friend.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Bill.Always glad when you stop by. whonu


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

This is just so creatively written. I love the line "The dome shelled sage, shows such little fear"

And, I love turtles so I am so happy someone paid tribute to them. Great photo as well. Voted up!


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you my friend. I felt a fitting tribute was warranted. whonu


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Great lesson from a turtle. Good poetry too! Thanks for sharing this poem.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Very lovely tribute .You are very talented and so smart.I love the lines:

Don't stick out your necks, is much better to succeed.

Voted up!


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks my friend, and your kind words are well received. whonu


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Well this was a direction I never thought of. Well done. thank you


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks my friend, and blessings on this special day. whonu


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

I love the metaphors in this poem. Whonu (ha ha) a turtle could be so inspirational?


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks to all my friends and your kind words. whonu


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Nothing rattles reptiles too much. You are certainly correct about his behavior in an impending storm.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Yep, there is much that we could learn from our turtle friends. Thanks for coming by again. whonu


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epigramman 3 years ago

Thank you giving the mighty turtle his/her well earned poetic dignity as sometimes I feel they are overlooked for some reason and we are all God's creatures anyway.

Have an awesome Saturday my friend and could you do me a favor and check out FRANKIEONFIRE if you can and thank you for that


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks my friend and we probably could learn a lot from our turtle pals, if we only took the time to look more closely. Best of the day to you. whonu


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crazyhorsesghost 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

I really loved this one because it brought back a lot of special memories from my childhood so many years ago. Man that was a simpler easier time. Where did 63 years go.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Right on my friend, and here's to sixty-three more for you and me.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi whonunuwho

"Just to follow my lead, and in common sense to heed" A beautiful tribute to the wise turtle.

Voted up+++

Have a good day. :)


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks my friend and have a blessed day, whonu.


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Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

This is so cute! I think the turtle is the original travel trailer, always carrying his house with him.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks my friend and glad you stopped by. whonu


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A wonderful poetic tribute to the wise turtle! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Interesting. Voted up


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you my friend. whonu


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kj force 2 years ago from Florida

whonunuwho...Loved the verse..and your words so true.

Being the proud owner of two turtles, a yellow slider and a musk , neither of which I have been told should live together. The little musk turtle hides under the slider when startled, and enjoys rides on the sliders back . So in this "wacky " world we live in how come some animals, appear more compatible than humans ??

hmmm, something to think about..

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