CheerFul Tortoise

Cheerful Tortoise 


Did the turtles know they had numbers 
on their backs, 
when they were placed on the track, 
that circled the bar, at the tavern near campus

It was that time when Lyndon went to war,
making a stirring speech, pleading for enlistment 
revoking some deferments, 
lotterizing others

three years later, a homecoming 
guy, went to watch the turtles, and have a beer
after a long day trying to register 
at the school he left before his war

the bartender asked for ID 
he gave his military picture card
the bartender looked it over and said with grin 
the tortoise no longer served turtles

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