Poem by Jan Dean

In the Moroccan garden

 

in the green shade

five tortoises

doze

eyes shut slits

toes tucked

into shiny shells

 

when they wake

they are lumbering stones

their claws click

on blue tiles

 

their slow jaws

gently mash

pale lettuce

 

beside them

the fountain sings

like tiny glass bells

and the tortoises

dip their heads

and drink the music

 

Jan Dean

(From The Penguin in Lost Property; Jan Dean & Roger Stevens; Macmillan 2014)

 

 

Imagela

 

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul Beech
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 06:44:06

    Jan, a poem for kids to relish and roll around the tongue – brilliant! Welcome to BLAZE Blog.

    Paul

    Reply

  2. Jan Dean
    Jun 26, 2014 @ 08:45:55

    thank you 🙂

    Reply

  3. Maureen Weldon
    Jun 28, 2014 @ 23:13:16

    What a lovely, lovely poem Jan, it is indeed brilliant.

    Reply

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