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
image from morguefile.com




gecko



it waddles
        on
         the
         dust
        coated
        wall
      defying
      gravity
   taking its sweet
       sweet
        time
         then
        it turns
         its head
         its black
     beady eyes seem to
           l o o k
           m o c k
         we survived
          millions of
            years
             you
           reptile







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
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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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14 Comments:

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 florida....my cat tried to think the population for snack time but did not even make a dent...ha....cool 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  
OpenID grapeling said...

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

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

Brian,

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


Mary,

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


grapeling,

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 years...so 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...

Anna,

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


ninotaziz,

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...

Liz,

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


Sherry,

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

21 August, 2013 21:19  

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