Consider the Tortoise

He takes long walks
Alone in the park
But he never fails
To get home before dark.

‘Cause he takes his home
Wherever he goes
He drags it along
With the claws on his toes.

He’s famous with children
For winning one race
Which taught the advantage
Of a good steady pace.

Though safe in his shell
When danger’s about,
He can only make progress
When his neck’s sticking out.

He has a strict rule
Be you close friend or kin,
You can visit his house
But you just can’t come in.

And still you will find him
A most generous soul,
If you have him for soup
He’ll furnish the bowl.


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