Turtles, snails and starfish, too,
can teach me and can teach you
that speed and motion cannot give
the things that people need to live.
What is needed is to know
that many things are better slow …
sipping hot tea at the dawn,
taking naps on grassy lawns,
eating apples to the core,
walking ‘long the seaside shore.
Turtles, snails and starfish say:
“Slow it down! Enjoy the day!”