Friday, 18 January 2013

Olive groves

Canopies weighed heavy
Laden with fruit
A haven of shadow
For lizard like newt

Ground rocky and arid
Water low away
Places to wander
And hide from my prey

Walls plastered white
Reflects back all heat
Great for climbing
To my ceiling seat


Dear real toads and animal lovers - Can you name this most wonderful of Mediterranean animals?


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Great description of the critter and its surroundings.........interesting measle-y looking little guy. Wouldnt want him hanging from my ceiling!

Fireblossom said...

Is it a gecko?

"my ceiling seat" to love that! What a wonderful response to Hannah's challenge. :-)

Laurie Kolp said...


Hannah said...

I enjoy your descriptions, Emma...I'd like to try out the skin of one of these guys...under the heavy laden olive groves!! Well done...thanks for posting for Real Toads TF!! :)

Anonymous said...

perhaps an iguana?

Kay L. Davies said...

Is it a Mediterranean House Gecko?
I enjoyed your poem, Emma. It made me think of vines growing near our condo in the south of France near Perpignan.

Susan said...

I never thought of the gecko as quite so cheery despite many TV commercials with a speaking gecko (British accent) for Geico. I like it though and imagine he likes this environment.

Margaret said...

Salamander? It does fascinate me, but I would probably scream if it crossed my path... (ceiling?)

Kim Nelson said...

We have geckos and salamanders here... along with gila monsters, horned toads and dozens of lizard and snake species. But your poem took me back to Spain and Italy, where flora and architecture match your imagery to a t.

Susie Clevenger said...

my ceiling that and your description of these delightful creatures.