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TURTLE WISDOM

Updated on April 9, 2012

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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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

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

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks Deborah, drop by again AD

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Glad you stopped by MsDora. AD

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

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

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      "I am serene in my hardened shell.

      Enough of the rat race. lol

      Voted up up and away!

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      mckbirdbks 5 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.

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      drbj and sherry 5 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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      sweethearts2 5 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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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 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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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 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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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

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

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

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

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      that picture is hilarious. Wonderful poem.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

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

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thank you Michael.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks, teaches.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Great poem Ann, write on you little flower.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 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.