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Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

The Little Turtle


A Recitation for Martha Wakefield, Three Years Old

              1There was a little turtle.
              2He lived in a box.
              3He swam in a puddle.
              4He climbed on the rocks.

              5He snapped at a mosquito.
              6He snapped at a flea.
              7He snapped at a minnow.
              8And he snapped at me.

              9He caught the mosquito.
            10He caught the flea.
            11He caught the minnow.
            12But he didn't catch me.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Vachel Lindsay, The Golden Whales of California and Other Rhymes in the American Language (New York: Macmillan, 1920): 104. PS 3523 I58G5 1920 Robarts Library. Collected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1923): 67.
First publication date: 1923
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Rhyme: abab


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