by Scott Cairns
If you've ever owned
a tortoise, you know
how terribly difficult
paper training can be
for some pets.
Even if you get so far
as to instill in your tortoise
the value of achieving the paper,
there remains one obstacle--
your tortoise's intrinsic sloth.
Even a well-intentioned tortoise
may find himself in his journeys
to be painfully far from the mark.
Failing, your tortoise may shy away
for weeks within his shell, utterly ashamed,
or, looking up with tiny, wet eyes, might offer
an honest shrug. Forgive him.