The turtle and the dove

“You’re pretty,” said the turtle

to the dove. “Thanks,” said the dove

to the turtle, “but I’m nothing

compared to the peacock.”

“Well, I’ve known many a peacock and

I think you’re much more beautiful.”

“Still I’d rather be a peacock,” said the dove

to the turtle. And I’d rather be a dove,

thought the turtle

as he watched the dove take wing.

hawks, overhead

Little squirrels

selectively seeking

acorns, oak trees

perfection, little hunters

in the daylight, scrounging

to find, hold, and bury

any nourishment

granted, before those hawks

circling overhead

make their selection.