First of all, let me say here that this is my last post to include the number of weeks I have been posting.  Now that I have passed the two-month mark, even I am convinced sufficiently that I have it in me to keep going public with my scribblings a minimum of 5 days a week, most weeks 6 days.   So now let me return to the world of non-human residents of this earth, where I am often happiest and often learn the most.




Under slugging curtains of rain,

the old turtle shelled open the day,

rocking and rolling under the skein

of cobwebbed dead limbs from May.


“Old turtle,” said the large black watery dog,

“How can you smile bug-eating in such boggery?”

“Old turtle,” said the shiver black crow in wog,

“How can you slide up in all this foggery?”


“My dear and most honorable friends so wet,”

said the old drying turtle in webbery,

“I am old, remember?”

“I hold toe memories against all you bet.”


“Furthermore, dear blessed friends above me”,

munchled the old turtle on flywings,

“While you were looking high and dry to be,

with your eyes off the lowly spikings;


“I, yes I,” said the old burrowing turtle,

“I, yes I, found the small dry part underneath

“the old discards of yesteryear’s myrtle,

 rolled down into well-fed shellersheath.”


Now the turtle and the crow and the dog

all three leaned together together;

Each leaning on the other in a clog

of dry toes and wings and nose in tether.





14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Caddo Veil
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 08:02:31

    Wow, Lady Granbee! This is too good–I’m printing it out and taping it to my fridge. Maybe I’ll send it to a few appreciative folks, too. I’m so glad we got to meet via wordpress.com. Do you know AJ Barlow at AJ Poetry? I’ll bet he’d love this one–he’s got a new little shaver this year! If you get a chance, check out his place. See you again soon!

    • granbee
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 01:26:55

      Wow, I am so humbled by your printing this out and taping to your fridge, the absolute highest point of honor in MY household, anyway! So glad it spoke to you. Yes, I follow AJ every single day. When I comment on his latest post, I will be sure to refer him to this “turtle” ditty! He can read it to his little one!

  2. Betty
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 10:05:43

    So much fun to read this aloud – the form, your sense of “rhymery” 🙂 and the wonderful story this tells. We need each other – there is so much to learn in the “leaning”! Not to mention the value of listening to the wisdom of one’s elders!

    • granbee
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 01:28:34

      Betty, you are just the best–thank you so much, so glad you had both fun and inspiration with this one. That combination is what I was shooting for. My “rhymery” is evolving rapidly, so stay tuned!

  3. Savira
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 22:34:51

    Your post made me smile…I have so much to look forward to!

    • granbee
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 01:29:58

      Savira, lovely to think of you smiling over this old turtle! You have mentioned before that you had a lot to look forward to when you are a “senior”–yes, you certainly do! Folks let you get away with a LOT more!

  4. Sue Dreamwalker
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 04:56:36

    HI Granbee.. my new lively friend.. 8 weeks.. eh.. well no one looking at your blogs would realise…I hope you are Having Great Fun.. For I am having a Great time visiting… Turtles – now Im not surprised about that.. I left you a comment back on my blog about your Turtle.. :-)…
    As to this one.. Well what Can I say .. you write excellent poetry granbee.. and give us much Food for thought xx

    • granbee
      Nov 29, 2011 @ 05:01:19

      Sue, for you to call me your “new lively friend” is worth all the stiff necks and shoulders I get from writing and blogging! I will be checking out your “turtle” comment on your blog. “Excellent poetry”–who would a thunk it? Maybe that old turtle knew I would be doing this all along! P.S. I just checked out your reply to my comment on your “Wolf” post. Yes, now I vaguely recall that the turtle can be symbol for our Earth Mother. How funny–many of my friends in the Middle Georgia Art Association, where I was very active as my children became college students and beyond, often said I was a real “Earth Mother”. See how long it takes some truths to simmer to the surface?

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        Nov 29, 2011 @ 05:09:19

        Turtle Helps to manifest your dreams and desires Granbee, .. And turtle will ensure you never lack for anything you Truly need… But be sure to rest up now and again.. You have a listening ear but also have the nack to not take on their burdens….
        Try adjusting the height of your seat to your pc.. or if its a lap-top tilt the screen a little differently or if you are like me and wear vari-focals.. I adjust my Glasses LOL! 🙂 :-)… xxx

        • granbee
          Nov 29, 2011 @ 05:22:22

          Sue, me being me, me being granbee, I am now going through the third iteration of “adjusting” in the last 3 hours! Anyway, the aches remind me I am me, keep me humble and grateful that I can blog and write, force me to stay alert! But thanks for the kindnesses and the further encouragement to “listen” but not steal others’ rightful burdens that they need for their own achievements!

          • Sue Dreamwalker
            Nov 29, 2011 @ 05:27:38

            You are so wise…. yes, each has to go through their own learning curve however painful.. Wishing you a Great Rest of your Day…. and lots of comfy moments curled up with your your beautiful animals.. in THEIR bed 🙂 Night night.. xx

  5. bardessdmdenton
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 03:46:17

    Beatrix Potter move over!

    Sorry, Granbee…I just saw that I wasn’t following your blog (to receive notification of your posts) as I thought! So I have some catching up to do and…obviously much pleasure ahead of me in doing so!

    • granbee
      Dec 18, 2011 @ 05:18:40

      Wowee–Beatrix Potter, huh? Actually, I will confess my goal for my writing in 2012 is to complete a book of multi-generational fairy tales utilizing ancient figures and modern problems. Also, isn’t it an amazing coincidence: I ALSO lost my “following” link, who knows how, to receive notifications of YOUR posts, and have been catching up today on YOUR blog as well. Your drawings are just beyond terriffic.

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