Saturday, February 28, 2015

an observation

When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a tortoise balanced on top, that's a post tortoise.

Are you still puzzled?

Okay, here are the reasons:

You know he didn't get up there by himself.
He doesn't belong up there.
He doesn't know what to do while he's up there.
He's elevated beyond his ability to function,
and you have to wonder what kind of idiot
put him up there to begin with.

:)    :)

Happy Almost March.
May you have a spring in your step and a song
in your heart as winter loses its grip
(hopefully, before I lose mine).


Tom said...

It must be wonderful to be so out of touch with reality that one isn't aware of one's limitations......until one falls!

Lindsay Byrnes said...

Hi Susan
It seems that post tortoises are no longer an endangered species in the US and Canada. I do hope your free soon from the inclement weather and might be free to go out and spot a few on farmers fences, but none I would think as grand as your depiction.
We don’t use the term down under but I am afraid many of the properties of the post tortoises seems to be afflicting many of our politicians here in a big way also –perhaps Crow could come over to investigate !
Best wishes

Rob-bear said...

Post tortoises as politicians. Hmmmm. I need to crawl back into my den and sleep on that. My hunch is that the comparison is an insult to the tortoises. Perhaps I'll have that figured out by spring, whenever it comes.

Blessings and Bear hugs! Regards to Crow.

Should Fish More said...

For some reason this post make the Beatles song 'Fool on the Hill' start up in my mind....
"Day after day
Alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin
is keeping perfectly still...."

susan said...

I too would prefer to have leaders wise enough to know the difference between endless pursuit of power and influence and judicious governance.

susan said...

Yes, Lindsay, I've seen more than a few post tortoises decorating fences on both sides of the US-Canada border. One subject Crow has mentioned to me on more than one occasion also involves Australia to a large degree - the Five Eyes program. Perhaps this is an example of post tortoises leaning on each other to maintain a precarious balance.

susan said...

We shall definitely ask forgiveness from the tortoises, Rob. I hope your cave is still warm and dry.

susan said...

Definitely a good one, Mike - and this one too :)

"Nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need"

Andrew R. Scott said...

Not having heard of them before, I now realize I've felt like a bit of a Post Tortoise all my life... How did I get here? Why was I put here? What am I supposed to do here? And, while the view is sometimes quite nice I just know that sooner or later I am going to fall off.

susan said...

As excellent a description of the human condition I've ever read, Andrew.

Andrew R. Scott said...

You may have given me the title for a currently half-written new book.

susan said...

I'm not sure I've had an original thought since 1965.

okjimm said... if someone will only help me get off my post....I will no loner care how I got up here.

susan said...

Maybe we can use Crow's crowbar :)

marja-leena said...

Post-tortoise - a new and apt term for a most devious species that I will not forget

Love your art though!

susan said...

It is a good description, isn't it? If only they would keep their heads inside their shells we'd all be much happier.

Andrew R. Scott said...

Oh.... What was it? I bet someone has copied it by now. And I'm not sure that I've ever had one really. There's been an awful lot of thinking since humans, and crows and other things, first started thinking... (which is probably not an original thought). Doesn't stop me writing stuff down and claiming it's mine though, without checking if anyone else including that infinity of monkeys with typewriters in another universe has not set it down already...

susan said...

Whatever it was, and if it wasn't I was too young to know at the time, I've long since forgotten what it was.. or wasn't. Ah well, it's likely true that if everyone was capable of original thought we'd all hate each other.