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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Black Turtle peninsulaed on mud

Solared in the sunshine he bathes

Blood veins freely through his labyrinth

Nerving throughout shelled synapses

Tingles summered in brained memory

Reminding him of algaed Myrtle

Logged down the way mirrored and smooth

Waiting for him to get unshelled

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Bjorn asked us to rethink our use of verbs. He wanted us to choose some nouns to turn into verbs and then write our poem around them. I saw this big old turtle a few weeks back at the local park. He seemed to be a good subject. Hope you enjoy untangling my noun/verbs. I think I got a few noun/adjectives as well.

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Snakes on a Log


Snakes sunning on log

Enjoy summer’s heat // and frogs

Fresh out of pea soup


Photo Dwight L. Roth

With the onset of summer heat before spring is over, Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai poem eluding to summer heat. These snakes sunning themselves reminds me that there are some who love summer time heat!

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