Advice from a Tortoise

February 3, 2018

Poem in response to Advice from a Caterpillar by Amy Gerstler

Although fragile at the start, you will

get stronger as your bones calcify.

Understand that you are worthy –

this is why they yearn to hunt for

your meat and carapace.

Crawl solitarily sometimes,

but make attempts to find company

when necessary.

Patience is a virtue,

but you will learn to master it.

Guard your armour with your life

for it will serve to

confuse, shelter, and protect.

Let them cut the chase and

fight for their place,

But always remember:

Slow and steady wins the race.


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