a friend to lizards

writing in airplanes

Behind my house
in the winter lettuce
lizards sunbathe until
clonk clonk clonk –
Here comes the devil
sending them racing
toward leaf cover
cursing man and cold
asking their reptile god
to rain grasshoppers –
A miracle to restore them
to their faith in the sun

©Daniel von der Embse

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cradle for lizard


just a few short days
whiter than new jersey ghosts
now darker than me

hey special lizard
two days in a row bird lands
beside, you boogie

you just have to laugh
who in the world thinks of these songs
did he say this

“heard the old man say
G-d is great beer is good
and people are crazy”

i’ve got no sunshine
on a beautiful sunshiny
or cloudy day

should have waited
longer to come outside
last four requests were country

“good ole rocky top”
south bound train growing on me
“cat’s in the cradle”

let me go inside
build a cradle for lizard
and baby ducklings

“here comes the sun”
“jack go under the limbo stick”
“do the limbo rock”

zero to sixteen
win carly’s italian ice
“know that i’m o win”

two birds flying, dance
“limbo like we did last year”
turn their backs to us

who requested
sweet caroline ,someone’s grandma
revealing herself

seventy red sox
she’s a fan of neil diamond
“hang on it’s Snoopy”

maybe i should request
donna summer , i’ve got
to have percussion

sorry gloria
no idea who sings what song
“hot hot hot hot stuff”

a cradle tonight
cradle baby this evnin
cradle off the wall


Pearl not only an oyster

three people standing
one foot apart shaking head no
saying no son

pony tails flashing in pool
dolphin somersaults

fourth person looks at me
laughing synchronized shaking

everyone else sits
watching children as they swim
sam’s family stands

” they gonna rock down
to electric avenue
they’ll take it higher”

“relax don’t do it”
no one will take your pretzel
bird flying the coup

“chris james at your command
til 3:30 today
how low can you go”

trish rules tiki bar
“you take care of her and she
will take care of you”

fall in love with you
under the blue skies of spring
favorite lizard

why can’t you find us
some place where you bobblehead
dance your lizard dance

a cousin It day
wind blowing hair in your face
turn around lounge chair

“carolina girl
sweet Pearl” my mother always
“girls best in the world”