It was growing in the garden
And, though it looked quite strange,
We thought that we would eat it
As something for a change.
But when we tried to catch it,
It jumped across the hedge,
So we promised not to hurt it
With our undying pledge.
We promised that we’d love it
Until its final end;
That we’d feed it every morning
And treat it like a friend.
Then something awful happened
That caused us great distress:
Our tortoise seemed to disappear.
We searched with no success.
Then our cat seemed rather worried;
Then his worry turned to fright
When we saw the veggie stalk him
When we let him out one night.
I think you’ve guessed what happened,
For we had to break our pledge,
And the creature that we’d nurtured
Became our tasty veg.