Tuesday, May 09, 2006
ARCHIE SAYS TURTLES ARE PEACEABLE CREATURES *
"Turtles," Archie says, "are
legs sprawled awkwardly
out to the sides."
And if anybody knows all about turtles,
You, my love, my own, are a mud-turtle,
armed with a ridge of spines
and snapping jaws.
I, on the other hand, am a box-turtle,
when danger threatens.
Fallen on my back, clawing, toes spread
wide apart, I cannot right myself.
Defending yourself, you hiss,
withdraw into your shell,
and squirt out foul yellow musk.
Archie says, "The most dangerous time
in a turtle's adult life
when it is mating."
If there is anything else
you'd like to know about turtles, my sweet,
*Archie Carr, University of Florida