Tortoise and Hare Poem
Slowly the tortoise raised her head Stared slowly at the hare Slowly stepped towards the line And waited there. Calmly she heard the starting gun Crawled calmly down the track Calmly watched the hare race on With arching back. Quickly the hare ran out of sight Quickly chased through the wood Quickly fled through fern and moss Through leaf and mud. Swiftly he leapt past hedge and field Sped swiftly for his prize Briefly stopped to take a rest And closed his eyes. Slowly the tortoise reached the wood Slowly she ambled on The hare raced proudly through his dreams The tortoise won. from Midnight Forest (Faber & Faber, 1997), copyright © Judith Nicholls 1997, used by permission of the author and the publisher.