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The Hare and The Tortoise - April 9, 2023

there might be another meaning

to that old proverb about

“slow and steady wins the race”


that’s it’s not a competition

but an expectation a prediction


the cottontail turns into the tortoise


that in time the ears fold back

merge and harden with

the curve of the spine

and become a shell


that the legs shorten and wrinkle

lose their hair

and the hop and scamper

slows to a lumbering shuffle


and the rest of the rabbit?


in mom’s old eyes

i sometimes see it squeeze

just under the fence

and run like crazy

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