The Tortoise and the Hare         Listen here!

I run faster
Than anybody here.
No one would race me
For my speed they fear.

All the animals in the forest
Were so tired of that hare.
All he did was brag about himself,
But race him none would dare.

One day the tortoise
Said, that’s enough!
I will race you hare
Cause you think you are so tough!

The hare laughed at the tortoise.
Try if you dare.
You can never keep up
With this speedy hare.

My legs are meant for running.
What are yours for?
Crawling and creeping
Slowly cross the floor.

The tortoise shook his head
And said he’d like to race.
I am determined
To put you in your place.

I may be slow,
But I work hard.
Though it may take me
All day to cross the yard.

I will get there.
Don’t doubt me hare.
Race you I will
To win would be a thrill.  

On the day of the big race
All the animals were there.
They cheered for the tortoise
And hoped he’d beat the hare.

The hare laughed at the tortoise.
Try if you dare.
You can never keep up
With this speedy hare.

My legs are meant for running.
What are yours for?
Crawling and creeping
Slowly cross the floor.

I will get there.
Don’t doubt me hare.
After the race
We’ll see who’s in first place.

The tortoise and the hare
Lined up at the start.
The animals cried out, “Go!”
And from there they did dart.

Well, dart did the hare,
But the tortoise just crawled.
All the animals were hopeful,
The hare might get stalled.

The hare raced up ahead
And laughed out loud.
There’s no way he could beat me
He’s in my dust cloud.

The tortoise crawled on
Slow and steady was his pace.
He was determined
That he could win the race.

The hare continued on
And then realized
Even if I took a nap
I’d still win first prize!

So the hare pulled to the side
And closed his eyes.
Long before the tortoise passed
He knew he would rise.

The tortoise crawled on
Slow and steady was his pace.
He was determined
That he could win the race.

As the day passed on by
The hare smiled and dreamed
He would win the race soon
And king of speed be deemed.

The tortoise crawled on
Slow and steady was his pace.
He was determined
That he could win the race.

There up ahead
He saw the end.
The animals were waiting
And cheering for their friend.

The hare had never woken.
The tortoise won first place.
Because that hare was lazy
He did not win the race.

The hare may be faster
Than anybody here,
But the tortoise worked harder
And did persevere.  


Copyright 2005 Shauna Tominey
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