Fox and Grapes
(the nature of a scorpion)
There are so many stories
Which is grand
Here’s one story you know
The tortoise and the hare
The hare should have won
It stopped to take a nap
It should have finished the race
Then had all sorts of time
Appointment-free for napping
But there was vanity
(I’m going to say he)
Could not resist
And there are morals
If you’re a tortoise
Find and maintain your pace,
For that’s your job
If you’re a hare,
In a wider world
And turn your energy
You could have helped the tortoise,
C L Couch
Scott Rheam, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Black-Tailed Jackrabbit (lepus californicus). Image from public-domain images website.
I use C L Couch when writing formally because it is a version of my name that's genderless. And, frankly, easier for handwriting--I have a severe writer's cramp. In conversation, I go by Christopher, having been named for the boy who had the poly bear and finally being (achieving) fine with that.
I use small Xes all the time because WordPress won't let me cut and paste the text from my program page to this one. (Grrrrrr.)
I am a career educator, semi-retired due to disability. I live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (USA).
The main photographs at this site (of the road, of me) were crafted by photographer and my friend Debra Danielson. A variety of her work is available for appreciation at
Thank you, lookers, hearers.--Christopher
June 23, 2020 at 7:56 pm
I don’t remember what the stakes were in the race. The loser get eaten by the fox maybe? In a modern version it probably would be.
June 23, 2020 at 11:47 pm
Yes, I think so. Certainly in the film version, the stakes would have to be deadly. But we can rewrite another way, I hope.
June 24, 2020 at 12:50 pm
Yes, the best ending would be to poke gentle fun at the hare.
June 24, 2020 at 3:10 am
This makes me think about the tortoise and the hare story in a whole new way. Beautifully written!
June 24, 2020 at 8:53 pm
Thank you! I don’t mean to be a spoilsport, but they could have worked together as a team.
June 24, 2020 at 3:12 pm
Slow and steady wins the race.