The turtle lives twixt plated decks
Which practically conceal its sex
I think it clever of the turtle
In such a fix to be so fertile.
I like this little rhyme, as I do most of Nash's catchy ditties.
Most people do. In 2002, he was commemorated by the U.S. Postal Service which issued a stamp that features six small poems in the background, including "The Turtle."
And if you are curious, as I was, about a turtle's shell, it is made up of bony plates that are covered with scutes made of keratin, the same protein that makes your hair and nails.
The Turtle Puddle tells us this and answers many more burning turtle questions...but not Nash's.
Nash was a humorist and poet, a lyricist, a radio and TV guest and a baseball fanatic. He is most known for his limericks and poetic puns and world play.
We all know some of his rhymes, the most famous of which is, I think:
Candy is dandy,
but liquor is quicker.