Common homebody

(From Pexel)

In troth ma’am I understand not your shrieks
on spying my lissome self on your beloved
painting! I serenade my squeeze with chirps and squeaks
But you stamp your foot and want me culled!

My pale, pasty skin may put you off
Believe me, my beady eyes are focussed
My usefulness, trust me, you just cannot scoff
Gulping insects, I try to remain unnoticed.

I like your precious china cabinet to rest
Your porch light, magnet for my preys,
doth attract my varied winged dinner best
On your rooftop I truly enjoy my summer stays.


Methinks, milady doth protest too much
Here take my tail, though you don’t like to touch!

Written for dVerse. Today’s host Sarah says: Write a poem about creepy crawlies or insects, preferably from their own viewpoint.

Mine is from the viewpoint of a lizard.

75 thoughts on “Common homebody

      1. I fell in love with Shakespeare soon after I started reading and then have referred to his work often in my professional capacity … he was the first to accurately document PTSD in Lady Macbeth πŸ™‚

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  1. This looks like a salamander to me: we’ve had a few visit our house, and I’m always glad to see them! They always make me think of Gaudi’s sculpture in Park Guell, Barcelona.

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  2. Geckos are gorgeous, and you honour them well here, Punam. No one can cull them, you’d have to catch them first, they’re like lightning! My favourite lines:

    “Your porch light, magnet for my preys,
    doth attract my varied winged dinner best.” ❀

    Have you ever seen one up close? They have the most beautiful eyes πŸ™‚

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    1. Sunra, right now four of them are looking at me balefully as I enjoy the evening breeze in my balcony. πŸ˜„
      Yes, they do have beautiful eyes. I remember when I was a kid, our neighbour would drive them away with a broom!
      Thanks so much. ❀️

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      1. Balefully?! At you?? Surely not! They usually run away at the tiniest tremor. They must have been quite unafraid to be hanging around your yard so freely πŸ˜€

        You’re most welcome πŸ™‚

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  3. No geckos around here, but I’m pretty sure I would have no trouble accommodating their presence, given their anti-insectual proclivity, which I share. Snakes would be another issue, though,,,ick.
    Nice sonnetization of the voice. Thanks.

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  4. This is great! I love your poem… It reminds me of a trip we took many years ago to visit friends in Miami. They had lots of little orange lizards running around and in the house eating the insects and not really bothering anyone! Well done.
    dwight

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  5. I adore this little love poem to the lizard and his lady (though she seems a reluctant lover). I would love to have a lizard in the house if it meant no more spiders or crickets or flies!!

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  6. I laughed so much as I read this poem and kept thinking of my mom who is mortally afraid of lizards. I keep telling her the same thing – poor thing is more scared of you than you are – and you are the one hurting her with your broom…poor thing is not doing anything to you!
    I have to send her the link to this……ROFL!

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  7. Ugh! The picture was far from inviting 😜
    This lizard, however is very smart- she speaks Shakespeare! 🀭

    Such an innovative, whimsically-crafted poem 😁

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    1. Ooh! My bad, Sahana. I should have used filters to beautify it. 😝

      Oh, yeah! He is my house lizard, has often resided behind my books cabinet. So maybe had a peek at Shakespeare’s books. πŸ˜‚

      Thanks so much, dear. I would have never written it, had it not been for the prompt. 😊

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  8. Your creativity knows no bounds, thank goodness; this is an epic poem, dear Punam. I love this last line so very much, “Methinks, milady doth protest too much
    Here take my tail, though you don’t like to touch!” β€πŸ˜²πŸ˜…β€

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