If you have long ears,
don’t place bets with a

reptile or consent to race
over water. Mud turtle

will dip beneath that
green mirror so you’ll

no longer see him.
A second will raise

his head, to cry out Hey-hey!
and make you run faster

until a third at the finish
pops up in turn

and everyone will declare
that slow-poke beat you, truly.

poem copyright by Jnana Hodson
(originally appeared in the journal Curbside Review)



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