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The tortoise

Posted by Simon Parke, 04 May 2017, 3.43pm

I watch the tortoise.

Not a pet you cosy up to or snuggle with; it will not nuzzle or offer emotion or relationship.

Neither will it play or leap for joy.

A locked-up creature, it’s worried head emerges on awkward neck from beneath the shiny carapace, locked in movement, physical or emotional, limited by the shell, this hard and heavy defence.

A determined walk, it can be most determined, it strides towards something, it doesn’t look around, stiff legs that won’t be turned.

Though it remains mainly hidden, from itself and others, a tough armour encasing all; and only rumours of a soft inside.

Heavy body, narrow, independent spirit and a death smile from a hard-skinned darkness that can only pretend feeling.

I watch the tortoise…though I think of Theresa May.

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