Hurry Up Turtle!

"The Hurrier You Go
The Behinder you get!"
Old Pennsylvania Dutch saying

Hurry up turtle you’re right in the way
And we’re late for the things we’ve got to do today
Turtle turned and he looked
But kept plodding along
As if to ask “What’s the hurry 
When this road is so warm?”

But I fussed and I fumed and I honked on the horn
Till my wife told me I had to slow down and stay calm
Then I turned and I saw we had stopped by a nest
Of robin’s cheep-cheeping - I had disturbed their rest

Then I blushed as I bowed and talked to the Lord
So ashamed yet so glad we were stopped on that road
For God speaks to us in some unlikely places
If we'll slow down and listen instead of off to the races
For He shows us His path step by step as we pray
And be patient with turtles 
He has put in our way! 

Hurry Up Turtle by Peter Caligiuri
Copyright 2022 all rights reserved

Photo by Ludvig Hedenborg on

Ducks and Eagles

Ducks and Eagles
 Way up in the sky
  Eagle soars all alone
 Far from the mud below
 Flying high in the blue
 He thinks it is true
 That he’s the best bird in the show
 While down at the farm
  Ducky waddles along
 With his tribe by the edge of the stream
 Leading them on
 To the cool water’s edge
 Where their dirty feet 
 Can be washed clean
 Now that I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, 
you should also wash one another’s feet            
John 13:14 NIV 

Ducks and Eagles by Peter Caligiuri
Copyright 2021 all rights reserved

Late for Lunch

 Late for Lunch
  I’ve no questions only answers
 Ducky said to Dad one day
 I’ll show you I’m the smartest one
 Why should I do what you say?
 Then Raccoon heard his boast and paused
  And slyly licked his paws
  He walked down to the water’s edge
  And stood to give applause
 When Ducky heard the sound he looked
 And saw Raccoon’s smiling eyes
 How wise this creature Ducky thought
 To see where greatness lies
 But sadly by next day at noon
 Ducky didn’t show for lunch
 Where he was off to no one knew
 But his father had a hunch!
 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: 
 But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
 Proverbs 1:7 KJV 

Late for Lunch 
by Peter Caligiuri
Copyright 2021
All rights reserved