Poem by Filippo Cassinelli and Painting by Shansi Miller

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The Tortoise and the Hare. Shansi Miller. 2020.

THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE

Filippo Cassinelli

My words
leave the white page,
A red foot tortoise
meandering
through tall grass
amongst the clovers.

Years ago
Hunting alone
I stopped
to look out over
a calm blue lake.

It was just a flash
two ears, a hop
and then gone.

With love
I move the tortoise
forward in the poem.

The all seeing eye
of the hare
watches the gathering
of the stars.

He knows
the road
and the end.

Filippo Cassinelli is a writer from St. Thomas. Shansi Miller is a painter from St. Thomas.