Monday, August 19, 2013

shape poem : gecko

Trying to have some fun with shape (or concrete) poetry today. This piece was written and posted some time back on this blog. I did some minor revisions and thought I would like to share it again. :)

photo by stefanomas
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it waddles
   taking its sweet
        it turns
         its head
         its black
     beady eyes seem to
           l o o k
           m o c k
         we survived
          millions of

and all i can do is blow a fuse
and wave a rolled-up newspaper at it.

wri 03/08/07
rev 18/08/13

Shared on Poetry Pantry #163 at Poets United. The problem with shape poetry is that sometimes it does not displays well on a monitor. I hope there's no problem here. :)

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2013

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Blogger Mary said...

Very clever. I love the shape. And I DO love geckos. We don't have them where I live, but I enjoy them greatly when I am where they reside!! You have characterized them well.

19 August, 2013 23:07  
Blogger Mary said...

You haven't linked your poem. I tried to link it, but I can only pick up the link to your entire blog....not your specific poem. I hope you will see this and put in a link!

19 August, 2013 23:10  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Mary, thank you!
so sorry, i thought i have linked the post when i went over to PU to visit. must be the bad day at work today. :)

in the tropics here, we have house geckos at our homes [ (no, not as pets. :) ]. i tolerate them as they help to zap away unwelcome insects.

i like to do shape poetry once a while. it's quite challenging.

19 August, 2013 23:36  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

ha. nice...we used to have a lot of these when we lived in cat tried to think the population for snack time but did not even make a structure....

20 August, 2013 00:02  
Blogger Mary said...

I have experienced these house geckos when in Hawaii. I always liked them, thinking of them as bringing good luck. Smiles.

20 August, 2013 00:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, clever, apt, fun, and pointed. Well penned ~ M

20 August, 2013 03:35  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


your cat put a big smile on my face this morning...:D


they bring good luck? i shall not shoo them out of the house again. :)


thank you for the visit. :)

20 August, 2013 09:11  
Blogger hyperCRYPTICal said...

Oh cleverly done! Don't think the human race will survive a million the geckos' really have reasons to mock!
Anna :o]

20 August, 2013 16:38  
Blogger ninotaziz said...

I absolutely loved my visit to your blog and will look out for your poetry henceforth. Loved your shape poem which was both visually stimulating and profound.

20 August, 2013 18:59  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

nice shape poem :)

20 August, 2013 19:45  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


yeah, not at the rate the human race is going about its business.
the geckos, cockroaches, rats will outlive us. :)


thanks for the visit and encouraging words. i will look out for your poetry too. you have a great blog as well. :)

Sumana Roy,

thank you!

21 August, 2013 00:17  
Anonymous Ravenblack said...

I don't have a problem with geckos except for the mess they make.

:D Nice one, dsnake.

21 August, 2013 10:55  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is really clever. I especially love how the poem is the shape of a gecko......and it's amusing, the human response to it, in closing.

21 August, 2013 11:21  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


i don't have a problem with them too, but sometimes they "bomb" my floor tiles..:)


thank you. glad you find the ending amusing. i had to clean up after them. :)

21 August, 2013 21:19  

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