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  THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE poem by Australian writer Graeme King - funny, sad, serious and romantic poems. Poems for children, nature and environment poems. ©kingpoetry2007.



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The starter's pistol went - the race was on!

The Hare took off and soon was out of sight,

poor Tortoise looked around but he was gone,

he started plodding: left foot after right.


Way down the track the Hare was off the map,

so far in front it really was a shame,

deciding he had time to take a nap

he stopped to rest, and slowly, Tortoise came.


A long while later, plodding past his foe,

the Tortoise had the trophy in the bag,

as Hare slept on, the Tortoise hurried - slow,

until at last he reached the checkered flag.


So, even if your rival is a joke,

don't let him catch you napping - Go for Broke!



Original picture by Graeme King ©Kingpoetry2007  BACK to TOP