A Lizard Girl He Knew

She had all the things
he wanted: beauty, brains,
a flawless sense of timing,
and a positive mania
for the old switcheroo, yet
there was something

that called to mind the lizard,
perhaps the jeweled eyes
that never blinked, or
the pink darting tongue
that teased but never twined
with his, but in any event,

it was enough for him to search
her skin for emerging scales
to peel one
by one.

Copyright 2000  John Nettles


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