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The Rock and the Lizard

Out in the middle of the boundless sea, As far away from land as ever it could be. An island stands alone with water all around, And the very whitest beaches that ever could be found. At the center rises a volcano that long ago is dead, And on its rim there sits a boulder as a crown for its head. The boulder was heaved up from the center of the earth, Then it landed hot and bothered on the day of its birth. But now it has cooled itself and long since settled in, Balanced on the edge of the mighty volcano’s rim. This spot pleases him and he likes the moss that grows, For he is the pinnacle of the whole world that he knows. The rock is the sole authority over all the land, Over the entire island and the grains of pure white sand. But in the ground beneath his base a lizard is at work, Digging out a place to live where danger will not lurk. A den where his family can live a happy life, Until he gets a look from his little lizard wife. “This hole that’s beneath a rock reminds me of a tomb, I think the kids are going to need a lizard rumpus room.” So they sat at the kitchen table deciding what was best, To add on to their little home by digging east or west. If they were only made aware that they shouldn’t even try, Not knowing that if they dug at all that they might surely die. Because if they dig to the east the boulder will fall into the pit, Left over from the place where once volcanic lava spit. And if they dig to the west it will also take a toll, As the ground beneath the rock will fail and it will start to roll. Down the side of the mountain until beneath the waves it dives, Its majestic face from the island the ocean water then deprives. Either way it seems that the boulder’s reign was through, Its fate was dependant on what the lizard chose to do. On a tiny island a mighty boulder dreamt he ruled, Not knowing what was at stake as a lizard couple dueled. An unknown outside force would decide for him his life, His fate was left to the wagging tongue of a nagging lizard wife. The stone that now protects them they would cause to fall, And when it does it would roll and squish and kill them all. The lizard’s wife’s rebuking taunts drove him to the brink, And he decided to go and find himself a better place to think. So he climbed out of his hole to sun himself on the boulder, And the rock called him lazy just to get him off his shoulder.

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  1. Date: 10/27/2011 7:46:00 PM
    umm.. k, some funny moments and all, but ... well, ya know what I speak of, I think... shine on, Tony, namaste~N

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sometimes outside forces are at work. Like when I'm writing.
  1. Date: 10/27/2011 12:38:00 AM
    Gosh, what an imagination you have got, Tony! Cool to include the boulder in the story like that!

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Or the title would have been "and the Lizard."
  1. Date: 10/26/2011 3:44:00 PM
    You have a retirement career in wait....when you actually approach that age, Tony! The final lines are hilarious! I am gonna print this for my kids.......are you sure I don't need more COW BELL in my ABC write??? ha ha. Gwendolen

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Always more cow bell! Only 15 more years till retirement.
  1. Date: 10/26/2011 10:55:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your work..Great story that you told in poetic form..Did you write it just for fun..Good point made about how the lizard's digging could have totally changed the landscape..Thanks for the kind review of my work..My autoharp needs tuning again what made me think of writing the limerick..Sara

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Just for fun. Why would you do anything else?
  1. Date: 10/26/2011 8:17:00 AM
    Love it x

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  1. Date: 10/26/2011 5:04:00 AM
    A fun write, with deep implications. Outside influences often affect our lives far more than we can ever realize.

    Lane Avatar Tony Lane
    Date: 10/28/2011 1:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And how!!!