“……and now we practice terrapin therapy to get out of this mess!” (Part One)


“……and now we practice terrapin therapy to get out of this mess!”

“Hey, You!  What you meansies, all stompsies my juicy buggsies?”

spit out Old Turtley, thirsting all along on many turns and twists of trail,

blaming Spottedy Goat for all this thirsting cause of planted truggsies

Dear Goatie must perform to keep Friend Riders on board, hearty and hail.




“Hey ye ol’ Spotted One, what for you blew so hard on me tender wings,”

whined Ugly Bird flapping just above Dear Goatie’s nose to cool her feathers,

seeking cooling from hot desert mountain swirls as she swings and sings,

yet caring not bout Spottedy’s labors to bear up friends in these weathers.



“Whist you flappsies that stinking ol’ tail mongst all our faces?”

cried Littley Lamb and Old Shepherd and Cross-Eyed Dog toddling so close

behind Dear Goatie for fear of fallin’ behind and fear of slidin’ in traces

of ol’ rock slides yet blamin’ Dear Goatie for his own goatie-ness of pose.



All this while a jewel-shelled terrapin watched and blinked around the bend.

All this while a dear little rainbow-patched terrapin did blink and think.

All this while the multi-toned terrapin began to pull into shell in a trend

Needed to look inward, to ponder under which stoney word Spottedy would sink.




Dear followers and friends, please ponder and wonder what action Spottedy will next take! 

                What would you do?

                What should Friends do?

Stay tuned for Part Two of the healing that comes with terrapin therapy!












32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 06:18:14

    What ye knowseys what ye learned what ye seenseys? Hard road , hard times no foodseys no drinkseys just old slog slog slogedy slog slog! All friends argue and squabbles and wanders if they have taken the right path …all blamseys each other all complainseys all bigkering and in spite chattering!
    Old Crow saw a jewel-shelled terrapin crawl inside his shell to think..yes yes STOP all ye friendseies , all ye unfolk and critters stop now looking to yourselves for the answer! the answer is in you !!

  2. becca givens
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 00:11:38

    You give us much to ponder, granbee … easy to give an answer, but is it the correct, true and spiritually right one? Hmmmm, I am going to think about this one before I “shoot” my mouth!! 😀 You are a beacon through this critters ~~ such wonderful messages for us!!! Thank you!

    • granbee
      Jul 04, 2012 @ 02:38:35

      Glad that I prompted your special brand of “pondering”, becca! Wonderful insights are sure to pop up, knowing you! Thank you so much for the “beacon” comment–I just pray I am a window through which the Light of the World can shine.

  3. shiroknowes
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:25:03

    Don’t be afraid to take responsability you have it right inside you. And I’m already waiting for part 2 !

    • granbee
      Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:55:41

      Shiro, I really like your CAN-DO attitude. Yes, we do have the solutions right inside of us, like the wise terrapin who retreats into its shell to find the answers! Thanks so much for your encouragement!

  4. claudia
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:39:53

    will have to ponder this for a bit.. not always easy to know what to do in such situations..

    • granbee
      Jul 04, 2012 @ 04:56:22

      No, Claudia, it is not easy–but we do have the answers written on the insides of our “shells”, on the insides of our hearts and souls, if not our minds!

  5. asoulwalker
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 02:35:16

    Your style is really growing on me.

    • granbee
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 05:47:45

      Bless you, soulwalker, for allowing and accepting this type of “growth”, for I have always being completely absorbed by your spiritual take on all issues you address in your poems!

  6. lscotthoughts
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 10:20:57

    Rose, you give me much to think about tonight! Can’t wait for Part Two! xx

    • granbee
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 05:49:32

      Part Two is coming up tomorrow–I was still too “tainted” by the revelry of the 4th holiday activities to trust myself to published what I had composed/selected that segment. Since I am already growing more serene by the minute, I have confidence and asssurance in my spirit to publish Part Two of Terrapin Therpay on the morrow!

  7. willofheart
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 23:29:23

    My dear Rose your words always wake me up and allow me to reflect, although I am a season readers of yours I am definitely waiting for the part two, Have a great day…

    • granbee
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 05:50:24

      Willof, you have given me fresh confidence to publish the Part Two that I have already composed on the morrow! I am still coming down from the 4th celebrations here!

  8. Danielle Street
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 06:50:17

    HI Granbee, I had a chance to visit your fun blog again! I’m glad to see you are still writing stories with these adorable animal characters. I feel so silly that I didn’t know what a terrapin was. I looked it up and learned it is a turtle! 🙂

    • granbee
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 07:00:41

      But terrapins are especially dear to us Deep Southerners! Remember Brer Terrapin in the Brer Rabbit stories? So pleased you are finding this series so much fun! Yippee!

  9. totsymae1011
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 17:08:22

    I think Spottedy should find a good mate, evenly yoked of course, and settle down in a house in the woods. You’ve got too many single folk in here, Granbee. We want some romance after all these bumpety trails in life with a happily ever after ending.

    • granbee
      Jul 07, 2012 @ 02:37:45

      Great idea, Tots! But wait until you see what happens with Terrapin and Old Turtley, with Cross-Eyed Old SheepDog and a little fluffy flirt we will be meeting up with by an artesian well in a week or so! See, the romance is much more satisfying after folks have struggled on alone and grown in wisdom for a bit.

  10. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 03:41:57

    yes we need to look within our shells too and see what is there.. Wishing you a wonderful Weekend my dear Granbee,, Much love and light sent your way… Sue and and thank you for adding your own light to my posts.. Hugs xxxx

    • granbee
      Jul 07, 2012 @ 03:49:30

      Peeking out of my terrapin shell (just staying cool in here, you understand!) to rejoice in your supportive comments here, dear Sue! It is ALWAYS my great pleasure to sparkle a little critterly glinting on your posts!

  11. eof737
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 19:08:08

    Rest and tea… 🙂

  12. bardessdmdenton
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 07:17:16

    It is amazing what wisdoms are within us … already with us!

    • granbee
      Jul 12, 2012 @ 02:58:27

      Yes, the “still, small voice” is ALWAYS available to us–if we only look “inward” with utter stillness and quietness, the way Terrapin did!

  13. littlesundog
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 05:57:49

    This seems to connect with my neck of the woods!! Though I seem to look to the critters, in observation, to have understanding and learn what their message is. The message to us is the same that they rely on… instinct, intuition – that little voice that prompts, the still that calms, the rapid heartbeat of alertness, and the fight or flight instinct… our inner spirit! The animals do know, you know!

    • granbee
      Jul 13, 2012 @ 05:18:14

      Oh, my yes, littlesundog, do the animals EVER know! So very pleased to have your supportive comments here on this post. I am SUCH an admirer of your blog. You set such a fine example of patience and “beingness” with the animals around you! This is what we all need to do much, much more of, I feel!

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