Polish the Tortoise

Polish the tortoise
Amble in love.

Emerge out of the blue
On four legs and tail too,

Step slowly as forgiver,
Father, fitter, lover,

By balance my day foretold
On my back the world,

Daily a doable walk
In search of the lettuce stalk,

Oft idle, to rest, to turn
To stop, to learn:

From hare who forgiveness begs
Ears between his legs,

From healing in hearing
The jackal in the garden

Immediately pull in
Safe in my skin

And talk from inside
‘Til safe to confide

My inner eagle eye
Sees from on high

A compass like creature
Pointing to a green future

Resting in love’s embrace
In sleep there’s no race

At night bathe in calm
Or sleep in her arms

To awake anew
Again out of the blue

Polish the tortoise
Amble in love

Theme for 2010

Jamie Coats     February 2010

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