Turtle or tortoise? I ran into this alliterative answer this afternoon: “Totally terrestrial Testudines are tortoises.” (The source for this 5-worder is http://www.ncaquariums.com.)

Today I drew a “turtle” based on a friend’s photo found on Facebook. (Alliteration is contagious…) Then I halved “Turtle” to bookend a double acrostic, and having warmed up with halving mayhem, I inflicted impending insidious impact. (Vowel sounds are assonance, not alliteration.)

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Tortoises misnomered meet
Tarryingly in the street
Under streetlamps they compel
Undercarriages to dwell
Run down they won’t praise nor blame
Rather ask you not misname


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