Updated: Wild Verses: Bits of Nature Poetry, 2 of 10

The first few stanzas of a poem I wrote while spending a college semester in France.

untitled, 5/17/98

It is quite perilous to be 
in Avignon
a salamander
crawling free.

With legs too small and smiles too wide,
along the street,
a salamander 
tries to hide.

He scampers, streaking over stone
in gardens dry;
a salamander 
licks the fly;
he’s not alone.

copyright C. L. Tangenberg

P.S. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are salamanders in the dry habitat provided by the courtyard garden of an urban Avignon house. I stayed in one of these for the semester. The common wall lizard is a more likely species to have observed (I did see something in that space!), but “salamander” has a much better cadence.

a common wall lizard, Avignon, France.  Image credit: ReptileRevolution.com

A common wall lizard, Avignon, France.
Image credit: ReptileRevolution.com

5 thoughts on “Updated: Wild Verses: Bits of Nature Poetry, 2 of 10

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  3. The salamander is a much more poetic choice. It is grandiose and has so many more meanings. And besides, rhyming lizard means having to use the word ‘gizzard’ in your poem and nobody appreciates having to examine the ‘guts’ of verse.

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    • Oh, but gizzard is oh so French because it reminds me of goose liver, which of course means fois gras. Anyway, you make good points–thanks for reading! Huh. Now I’m feeling challenged to do some fun things with lizard rhymes or at least with the consonants. Hmm . . . . 🙂

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