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Desert Tortoise's Day (REVISED)
by Mary E Lacey, Desertrat
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This is about the magnificent desert tortoise, which unfortuneatly may soon disappear. PIcture has been added.


He crawls along the desert floor
Very slowly and on all fours.
His hardened shell a masterpiece
A design by God that rivals
anything Man could make.
Loving the desert heat, he goes
foraging for something to eat.
Not a lot right now, so he heads
across the land where a cactus is his feast
When the heat is too much for him to bear
He makes himself a little home below the soil
As winter time comes and brings the cold air,
he stays in his home and falls fast asleep. He’ll
come back to life in the warmth of spring.
These amazing beasts are hard to find, their
species, the endangered kind.   They would
be so happy in the desert and their happy homes.
But they would be with us so much longer if Man
would learn to leave them alone.








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Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 10/18/2011
excellent work Mary
Reviewed by Laurel Lamperd 9/8/2011
a lovely description of a tortoise, Mary. I hope man is able to save the Desert tortoise. thanks for reading my poem. Laurel
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/26/2011
Reviewed by John Domino 7/31/2008
Well written! Very thoughfully expressed!

God gives us so much and we need to be caretakers of the gifts He provides.

GOD bless you!

John Michael
Reviewed by Jill curry (Reader) 7/27/2008
loved the message excellent poem
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 7/21/2008
great message-i really enjoyed this-you let us enter their world and see life from their perspective, wonderful nature poetry. xxm
Reviewed by Michael Guy 7/21/2008
Another one I didn't know about that is having a hard time sharing habitat with man. A shame, as we too in FL have a "gopher tortoise that is endangered for a similar reason: whenever they build new homes his underground tunnels are destroyed and he likely buried alive to smother.
I wish you had a jpg picture to post. I've never seen one. Are they beautiful? It's tough to be a "slow creature in a fast world"
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 7/21/2008
Excellent poem and thoughts. It's not just the animals that we mess with. It's their habitat. They can't live if we turn their world upside down.
Best regards,
Reviewed by William Bonilla 7/19/2008
So true
is all I have to say about this brilliant nature write
True a great creation of our heavenly Father
Love & peace be with you

Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/19/2008
A great sharing Mary .. I enjoyed the information about the turtles. You are right about man leaving them alone!...M
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/18/2008
A wonderful and worthy write about one of God's creatures that humans have taken a tole on...well done, write on dear friend!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/18/2008
A worthy tibute Mary. Thank you. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/17/2008
This has special meaning for me - I won't say why - but it has, and it moves me more than you know.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/17/2008
they would be with us so much longer if Man
would learn to leave them alone.

So very sadly happening to far too many of nature's wondrous creatures these days.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/16/2008
How sad that so many of our animal friends are slowly and unfortunately quietly slipping in the isles of time basically unnoticed. Another of God's creatures to succumb to fate, making me wonder when it will be mankinds turn....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/16/2008

I've never heard of the desert tortoise! You educate with compassionate lines of caring - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

What man has done to God's creatures is a shame. They seem determined to live a lonely existance ... and they're killing each other off, too. When will it end?
Reviewed by Shedding Light 7/16/2008
This is very very true. I wish that more writers
and poets would stand up for endangered species.
This is beautiful and meaningful poetry Mary.

Harold M. Nash
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 7/16/2008
This is a lovely poem.I always love watching a tortoise.At the end of you poem,I agree with it 100 percent.I enjoy reading this poem a lot.take care


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