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The Tortoise and the Semi


Ninja Turtles

invade Turtle Island

while ancient Turtle species

stretching back to the foundation

of the Earth trudge toward extinction

because boys have been brainwashed

to fantasize cartoon turtles

rather than Real Turtles

that lurk in pond or creek.

And the Turtle whose back

supports the Planet makes

her way patiently across

the lonely night highway

of the Milky Way in the

path of the runaway semi

of urban-industrial hit-and-run.


On a more cheerful note:

lots of Turtles do make it

across roads without getting

squashed.  Let's hope our Turtle

is one of those lucky Turtles!



[Originally published in NHS 2005, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs05/jeff_poniewaz.html.]