Friday, July 25, 2014

Endless Game of Chase

Backyard lizards
tease my dog -
zipping under the bougainvillaea,
whipping up the bark of the Mesquite tree,
flitting over the brick wall.
 
My dog charges,
leaps,
bounds,
and barks.
 
Chasing those
lizards
in the desert
heat.

20 comments:

BJ Lee said...

Hi Bridget! My dog chases lizards (anoles) in the Florida heat! It is an endless game, isn't it? Nicely captured!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Great poem, Bridget! It reminds me of a story a friend once told me about when she was outside with her young boys. She was distracted by the phone, but when she turned back the tail of a lizard was hanging out of her son's mouth.

Linda said...

Great imagery! I can just imagine how funny this must be to watch! : )

Tabatha said...

What speedy lizards! Our rabbit likes to lead our puppy on a merry chase. He even waits for her to catch up -- sounds like the lizards won't do that :-)
OMG to Michelle's comment!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, BJ! Our dog has boundless energy for lizards...and she catches a few once in a while. Not pretty... = )

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Michelle! O. M. G. about your friend's son. Our dog has had a lizard tail or two hanging out of her mouth on occasion, but neither of my daughters - thank goodness! Thanks for making my family laugh! = )

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! It is fun to watch the dog do this...she never seems to tire from the game. = )

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Tabatha! The desert rabbits don't usually come into our yard, but our dog goes after them when we take her for a walk on the trails. She always seems to forget she's on a leash until it's too late though. And yes, I agree, OMG to Michelle's comment. Too funny! = )

Anonymous said...

Nice poem, Bridget! I can picture it...

Liz Steinglass said...

I love your desert poems. They transport me to a place different from my home. Here my cat sits in the window and salivates over squirrels and birds.

Keri said...

I wonder if they keep score in this game? I like the details of the plants -- I miss the mesquite trees back home!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Monica! We have a daily chase shows. = )

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Liz! I sometimes miss the lush green of places where it rains and snows...but not the humidity or mosquitoes. ;o)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Keri! If they did keep score the lizards would generally win, until our dog gets one in her mouth - then it is game over for the lizard. = )

Janet Wong said...

Michelle: please recommend my book MINN AND JAKE to your friend whose son likes lizards!

Janet Wong said...

This poem is packed with child-appeal. And I like your details (bougainvillea, mesquite)--we have a great view of your backyard in this poem, Bridget!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Will do, Janet. I just put a copy on reserve at the library!

Mary Lee said...

After so many poems about dogs chasing cats or rabbits, this is a nice change of location and species!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Janet! A desert backyard has its own unique charms. = )

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, MaryLee! The desert offers a change of pace with all its critters and challenges. = )

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