The Little Turtle

Tortugas oaxacaWe have some nature poetry for you. Our nature poem this time is called "The Little Turtle." It was written by Vachel Linsay, who lived from 1879 to 1931. He was an American poet who is considered the father of modern singing poetry, as he referred to it, in which verses are meant to be sung or chanted.

The Little Turtle
by Vachel Lindsay

There was a little turtle.
He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.
He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn't catch me.


  1. This poem brought back some early childhood school memories for me. I remember this poem from elementary schools . It was an old favourite. for the past few days I have been watching snapping turtles and posting about it on my blog. I guess turtles were one of my early learning focus and enjoyment. Thanks for the memories. Ann

  2. @me ann my camera
    I'm glad I could help with this good memory. This poem is a new one for me, and I liked it the very first time I read it.


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