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Animal Wisdom
by Mary E Lacey, Desertrat

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Desert tortoises are natural enemies, and would just assume kill each other. But when I saw my Sam and Fred eating and walking together after constant fighting, it was an inspiration.

Grazing through the verdant grass

Tortoises roam, though not very fast.

They march like soldiers looking to eat,

Ah, honeysuckle, a perfect treat.


They see each other and war begins.  For each

Thinks this territory is their own. Their weapons

Are hardened shells, each tortoise wanting to

Save his happy home.  Violently, they butt heads, give up and leave each other alone.


They stop and realize what a stupid game this is.

Walking side by side, they travel the grass

Together, knowing fighting solves nothing

And is no way for anyone to live.










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Reviewed by Terry Robertson 10/16/2009
We can always learn so much from our pets and animal friends. We think we're so superior, yet a pet gives one thing we can't....unconditional love. Great write!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 10/14/2009
Thanks, Mary. Would that we homo sapiens would be so wise. -gene.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/14/2009
You taught me something that I didn't know....wonderful and wise "lesson"
Reviewed by Jerry Diamond 10/10/2009
I believe we don't need to fight to solve anything in this world. There are better and more caring ways to go out about our business.

Really good descriptive analogy of the way of the desert tortoise.

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 10/6/2009
spot on Mary, of course it would be nice the have a hard shell for a shield, peace out
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 10/6/2009
Interesting. I didn't know that they fight each other. I do know they can be vicious. When I was a little girl one bit me in my stomach (don't know what kind it was,) but it held on and the only way daddy could get it loose from my flesh was by cutting its head off with an axe.
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 10/5/2009
...wiser than a few people I know
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 10/5/2009
oh wow...I never knew this...
seems to me I have met a tortoise or two in my neck of the woods...
Peace & Blessings
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 10/4/2009
Would that some people would be as wise. Very nice poem. Thanks for sharing. J'nia
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 10/3/2009
Very interesting write Mary! and it brings back some
memories of the pet shop! I sure did learn a lot. Thank
you so much Mary for sharing!

Love and Prayers
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 10/2/2009
Astute and imaginative of you to use the observation to fuel
creativity. IS inspiring! T h a n k s !! xOx 'Pea' xOx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/1/2009
They stop and realize what a stupid game this is.
Walking side by side, they travel the grass
Together, knowing fighting solves nothing
And is no way for anyone to live.

Would that humans learned how to do this when it matters so much. Thank you, Mary. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Tom Hyland 10/1/2009

Cute observation and write ... Tom.
Reviewed by Swan Son 9/30/2009
Mary - I think I know that you don't mean there never is reason for fighting for what you believe in -- fighting to protect our freedom, etc. In a perfect world, reasons would not exist. But person to person, we should look for our similarities and rejoice in that rather than look for our differences. Sharing is better than fighting to the death. Your poem makes us think about that. Thanks. Susan
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/30/2009
A fine example of wisdom and you put it to poetry in a fine way, Mary. God bless.
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 9/29/2009
I'm with Felex- we could learn alot from a tortoise. Nice poem Mary.

With Love,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/29/2009
If we as humans could only learn the same thing...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/29/2009
Oh, I don't know. Fighting saved the word in World War II. I doubt if you would even be able to write this poem and publish it online if the other side had won. Course, I agree, when it comes to Tortoises maybe fighting is a waste of time and energy.

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