The Little Turtle

Original Text: 
Vachel Lindsay, The Golden Whales of California and Other Rhymes in the American Language (New York: Macmillan, 1920): 104. PS 3523 I58G5 1920 Robarts Library. Collected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1923): 67.
A Recitation for Martha Wakefield, Three Years Old
1There was a little turtle.
2He lived in a box.
3He swam in a puddle.
4He climbed on the rocks.
5He snapped at a mosquito.
6He snapped at a flea.
7He snapped at a minnow.
8And he snapped at me.
9He caught the mosquito.
10He caught the flea.
11He caught the minnow.
12But he didn't catch me.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.