This poem came about in quite a comical way. I was sitting on a bench at one of the gazebos between the Fine Arts building and the Natural and Environment Sciences building writing a separate poem, when something brown fell directly onto the book I was writing in. I was so startled by this little guy’s drop onto my book, I almost screamed. 😀 After a few seconds, I realized that it was only a gecko and that he was probably more afraid of me than I had a right to be of him. The funny thing is that I think that all lizards, snakes, turtles and amphibians are very cool, a little weird I know, but then again, I probably should hate all Cane Toads (marine toads, bufo marinus) as the poison from one ended up killing one of my dogs. The thing is: I don’t look at it’s introduction to Florida as its fault. As a result, I can’t bring myself to hate a species that humans let loose such as the Cane Toad.
Well…. that was a little off subject. Any way, from being freaked out by a little lizard relative like a super preppy girl came a surge of inspiration to write this poem.
Here’s Flying Gecko:
Leaping down from the rafters above, flying gecko you startled me in your fall to earth. On the verge of bolting, I watch you plaster your chocolate self to my book. Ever watchful, I follow you to the bench next to me. I wish I knew what frightened you so; I only want to observe you, I find you neat. As I make my move to grab you-- plop, and you're on the pathway. A few more flash steps and you disappear behind me. I only wished to say, "how nice of you to drop by and say hello," before you left.
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