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First Line: Queer, tessellated, tardy snuff-box, you
Last Line: I have met turtles all along the way.
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises

Queer, tessellated, tardy snuff-box, you,
Hillocked with mud, and slippery with slime;
There is the dreadful certainty of time
In your unhurried saunter -- Wandering Jew!
I can believe you on an ageless quest,
Lurching across the ocean's cozy floor --
But, of what God are you ambassador?
And to what dismal shrine are you addressed?

Still you are blind to all save wet and gloom,
Maugre your leisured march through centuries --
Dwelling perhaps in more than seven seas,
Impotent yet, within your living tomb.
In my brief venture between walls of clay,
I have met turtles all along the way.

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