If a turtle lands on its shell
With legs pointed up at the sky,
The poor thing won't fare very well,
Unless you or I happen by.


Suddenly, such power we wield,
With the choice left for us to pick.
True character then is revealed -
Ignore it, or give a slight kick.


To leave it to its awful plight,
Gradually, to starve or thirst,
Or to kindly set it upright -
What decision would you make first?


This is a very simple test
To find out of what you are made.
It's a minor matter, at best,
And there is no passing grade.


A real test of compassion though,
And I urge you to think this through.
If it reclined in traffic's flow,
Just what then would you opt to do?


 

By Richard McCusker (Rmrickmack@aol.com)

Turtle graphic by Richard McCusker

 

 




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