Do tortoises stand awake at night
with scenes from the day whirling round in their head?
Their pride dented so much
that they worry how they will ever rediscover their mojo.
Do they suffer migraines with auras
and pulsating veins in their temples?
Willing themselves to sleep at 3 then 4 a.m.
so they don’t feel quite so exhausted later in the day.
Or do they simply lumber through gravel and grass
unaffected by angst.
Slowly stretching out their leathery necks
and digesting leaves?