Forced into marriage and out
Hapless and gormless
Career like nil
He takes to swill
Herbal teas and veggie meals
Making a temple out of his body.
Surprisingly, fat quills from every pore.
Dreams of eternal youth evaporate
As quickly as his weight grows.
His only redeeming feature is
His kindness, which
Only lasts until you get
Up, close, and personal
That sends him straight back to his shell
Where he resides like an old weary turtle
© HMH, 2013