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Lizard

	Years ago 
	I met an 
	assured, 
	self-sufficient, 
	powerful, 
	oddly friendly man 
	that frightened me. 
	I put away my ill-gut-feelings 
	and believed he was
 	what he said he was. 
	We did an odd dance around, 
	we did, 
	a come-here/go-away sashay. 
	As time passed 
	as often happens 
	I learned that he 
	was not what he seemed, 
	for in his belligerent-breath’d mouth 
	hid a tongue riddled 
	with deceit and conceit. 
	Ultimately his boomer voice 
	revealed a blue and orange lizard 
	sunning on sandstone rocks, 
	a bow tie at its scaly neck, 
	expensive shoes on its four feet, 
	dis-ease in its bite, 
	fame and ego driving the discourse, 
	leaving bloody disasters in its wake, 
	adding pleasure to the feeding 
	before passing on to other victims 
	- including me. 
	I survived by hiding among the dead, 
	pulling myself through the slippery 
	in the moon night, 
	hiding in obscure places 
	until I escaped.

	What did I learn? 
	Never trust lizards that wear bowties. 



        © Jack Jordan, 2013

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  1. Date: 3/21/2013 5:54:00 PM

    who was it? Could have been one of those guys my hubbie built houses for years ago and got screwed out of ALL his money.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/21/2013 9:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Possibly so. It's an amalgam of dozens of "professionals" I knew in graduate school and the following 34 years in universities. I don't harbor bitter feelings. Oh no, not me... My condolences to your husband.
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 5:54:00 PM

    what a great analogy poem, Jack. Great final lines and cleverness throughout!!

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 12:44:00 AM

    Last two lines were perfection. Not only is it a funny image, but a great euphemism for "sly" people that make themselves look "big and important" with petty things like bow-ties. The part about "hiding among the dead" was also intriguing... I wonder how insecure you'd have to feel to place yourself among the dead? Good work...

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/19/2013 8:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Horribly insecure. I've read and heard that similar events took place during the Civil War, the concentration camps of WWll, the trenches of WWl...
  1. Date: 3/18/2013 6:04:00 AM

    Indeed lizards in bowties should not be trusted..ha...Great read here, Jack. I enjoyed it!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/18/2013 8:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Especially those with pink and green stripes. Jack
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 5:40:00 PM

    I've known a few of those! interesting poem, and somehow I read deeper meaning into it, shades of david icke...

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/16/2013 5:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I too have known more than one. I didn't know about Icke, so I googled him. I didn't write the poem with him in mind at all, but it certainly seems to fit. Jack
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 4:00:00 PM

    Awesome poem Jack....Donna

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/16/2013 4:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks! It was fun to write. Jack
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 11:22:00 AM

    Awesome poem! I had a good old chuckle about the bowtie bit thou.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 3/16/2013 1:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks... The ending can be read either way; funny is good. Jack