TURTLE WISDOM

April Poetry Month

Poem #9

In my tortoise race to maturity

I have not so much gained

In wisdom

As shed the demands of youth

I am more and more solitary.

The driven wants

And clamoring needs of noisier times

Are distant echoes

Not sirens' lures.

Outdistanced in the race

By my fellow rats

I plod a path of obstacles

With a familiar content

Undisturbed by the eroticism

Of getting and having.

I am serene in my hardened shell

©Ann Davis-Adele Haverty 1989

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teaches12345 4 years ago

There is a great bit of wisdom in this short poem. It is interesting how we seem to shed those early perceptions of life that seem so meaningless as we mature. Enjoyed this sweet thought.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

Great poem Ann, write on you little flower.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Thanks, teaches.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Thank you Michael.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your doing very well at #9. Great poem. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

that picture is hilarious. Wonderful poem.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Aw shoot, Joyce. It's demanding. I don't know if I'll last.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

yes, I loved that cartoon! Cute as heck. Thanks for the comment.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow that is so cute... I love it you did a great job with it

voted up

debbie


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Your last line paints a picture of contentment and safety. We strive in our personal stride. Beautiful presentation!


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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Voted up - Full of wisdom. We all have the opportunity to carry peace with us. Beautiful


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Loved your poem, Ann, but are you sure you want to categorize others in the race as 'fellow rats'? Why not use a kinder appellation like fellow hamsters? They can also participate in the race but they are so much cuter to look at. :)


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Once you find out you have to carry all the wants, needs, demands that youth conjured it is easier to slow down and ponder. You have said this very nicely.


Sueswan 4 years ago

"I am serene in my hardened shell.

Enough of the rat race. lol

Voted up up and away!


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Well, since a turtle can swim, how about fellow sharks? Shucks, they are not cute either.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Glad you stopped by MsDora. AD


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Thanks Deborah, drop by again AD


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Voted beautiful. With inexperienced youth, a mature adult with responsibilities evolves...

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