This Florida Box Turtle -- Terrepene carolina bauri, calls Collier County gulf shore scrub what's left of home with a poem by Sakutaro Hagiwara:
There is a heaviness on the hand
Where a tortoise of pure gold sleeps quietly.
It overcomes the pain of Nature’s loneliness
And sinks searchingly into my mind;
The tortoise sinks into the sky’s blue depths.' ~ "Tortoise" by Sakutaro Hagiwara
Another scene seen a couple of miles north, with "Living Tenderly" by May Swenson:
'My body a rounded stone
with a pattern of smooth seams.
My head a short snake,
My legs come out of their sleeves
or shrink within,
and so does my chin.
My eyelids are quick clamps.
My back is my roof.
I am always at home.
I travel where my house walks.
It is a smooth stone.
It floats within the lake,
or rests in the dust.
My flesh lives tenderly
inside its bone.' ~ "Living Tenderly" by May Swenson