Ode to a Gecko

Green Gecko posturing for her kiss

Crimson fan spread like an Egyptian palm

Swelling and deflating spread signals her

To come and join in a sweet summer’s trist

*

But, how quickly you changed as colors fade

Love lasts only for a season you know

Now, as Fall leaves turn brown, dry, and curling

You too have traded your green luster show

*

Now’s the time for gray burnt umber blending

Winter fast approaches…with each cold wind

Time to forget courtship…summer’s gone now

Find space to hibernate… till winter ends

*

Bone-chilling winds…Heartbeat slows…Blood runs cold

Surviving to live/love another day

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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For more information on Geckos check here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anolis_carolinensis

55 thoughts on “Ode to a Gecko

  1. love your tying of a geckos love life to the seasons!

    I have one in my house, they eat the insects, his tail is not so long and he is plumper [well fed] and wondrously translucent … am wondering if that is albino for geckos. But he is a cheeky fellow who darts about and calls out 🙂

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  2. I loved this so much Dwight, one of your best I feel. So many poems about change on this OLN, Lisa, Christine, Mine. I guess Autumn forces a reckoning of transitions. I like this metaphor of changing to match the surroundings and circumstance, not as an appropriation or defect, but for protection, survival, and also to live and thrive where one is. This selection cuts across stanzas, but I really felt pulled in by these sounds and images, and the use of umber even, somehow, had olfactory evocations of the fallen leaves and soil.

    “Now, as Fall leaves turn brown, dry, and curling

    *

    You too have traded your green luster show

    Now’s the time for gray burnt umber blending”

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    • Thank you so much Lona for your most heartfelt reply! These lines speak to every one of us if we live long enough. We trade our luster for brown dry and curling! I appreciate your comment and am glad it spoke to you!

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