desert backyard home to lizards

cousins to our water loving salamanders and newty wizards

though consider:: lizards are easier to follow around

they scuttle about on the gritty ground,

to play with newts means getting in the creek

leaf mold, upturned rocks, under rotten logs taking a peek

slick, damp, muddy wet

the air itself all over you’ll sweat,

now lizard where he is it’s hot and dry

butter melts in a few minutes under the clear blue sky

no kidding, in the wrapper it turns to oil

bubbles up once its begun to boil

overflows and dries up so fast

the empty rectangular paper tells the past,

lizard wizard it was great being with you

seeing all the places you hang about too

now it’s back to newts and frogs,

fish in the pond and leaves and logs 🙂

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