A Lizard in Spanish Valley

By Wendy Videlock b. 1961 Wendy Videlock
A lizard does not make a sound,
it has no song,
it does not share my love affairs
with flannel sheets,
bearded men, interlocking
silver rings, the moon,
the sea, or ink.

But sitting here the afternoon,
I’ve come to believe
we do share a love affair
and a belief —
in wink, blink, stone,
and heat.
Also, air.

This is not a fable,
nor is it bliss.

Impatience,
remember this.

Source: Poetry (January 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

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 Wendy  Videlock

Biography

Wendy Videlock is the author of the chapbook What’s That Supposed to Mean (2010) and the full-length collections The Dark Gnu and Other Poems 7 (2013) and Nevertheless (2011). Known for poems that evoke myth, fairy tale, and the natural world, Videlock has also received praise for her deft command of meter. In an interview with the Colorado Poets Center, Videlock noted that, for her “the iamb is really just another of the many . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, The Body, The Mind, Nature, Animals, Religion, The Spiritual

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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