Photo of an Aldabra tortoise. Caption reads: "Eighty years old, and still just middle aged."

Tortise poem by Iris Carden

You're eighty years old and still just middle aged,
you must have seen so much, across the world's stage.
Now you are so big most predators won't see you as food,
Life should be so easy, and everything so good.
But humans are strange predators, size no discouragement.
Sailors stopping at your island, left your population spent.
Your home really needed an ambassador such as you,
and you travelled across the world, to stay here at the zoo.
You help to raise awareness, while in the zoo you roam,
and if you have babies, you'll help repopulate your home.
Now your island is protected for tortoises, slow-paced,
There's no cause to fear now, no human hunters to race.

The Aldabra Tortoise in the photo lives at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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