Lizard of Possibility

Alanna Shaikh

(USA)

I heard a sound in our garden last night 

A dragging shuffling sound – an animal sound 

Not angry but busy 

Rushing 

Inexplicable, zoological 

 

It’s a commonplace mystery, that sound 

I hear it most nights and 

Should I go out to look 

It will scurry

 

Here in the tropics 

That sound is rich with possibilities 

Civet, palm squirrel, crow snake, rat

Iguana even, or one of the bigger lizards:

The dangerous kabaragoya or the less aggressive thalagoya

 

The kabaragoya will eat your cuddly housepet snap snap

Best then sound stays sound

Alanna Shaikh

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Guest Contributor for Panorama.

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