Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Haiku: Courage

True Grit
Dead lizard unmasked.
Swallowed my disgust as boys
performed necropsy.


How's that for a nature-related take on courage? Out hiking with the dog and the lads Tuesday afternoon, we were taking our typical snack break on Ruby Red Rock. I spotted what I thought was a plastic lizard. [In my defense, when was the last time you saw blue on a lizard?] I made the mistake of pointing it out to the boys, and you'd have thought I'd given them a kick-ass Christmas present.

Now, go read about true courage, in poetry form, at One Single Impression.


16 comments:

Janet said...

Living in the woods as we do, we often come across dead wildlife (although nothing as pretty as that lizard!). However, we're still in the stage where we have to get rid of them quickly before the Queen sees them, otherwise we are required to have a formal burial.

anthonynorth said...

Nature is a hard taskmaster sometimes.

gautami tripathy said...

I am revolted, yet liked it!

foundations of wonder

Deborah Godin said...

I loved everything about this post, especially the dead lizard(don't know what that says about me). Never saw a blue on either. And your poem and description brought a smile to my face!

jenica said...

love
love
love it all

tumblewords said...

Aren't boys the bravest when it comes to 'skinning things'? Took courage on your part for sure! Good post. I've seen blue on lizards - climbing on rocks as a child, I pulled a plug of grass for support only to find a lizard's blue tail in my hand.

Maggie May said...

i've seen a few of these lately. my cats are going hunting crazy!

Maggie May said...

i've seen a few of these lately. my cats are going hunting crazy!

fourwindshaiga said...

Ha! I have grandsons, I have said " Don't pick up that dead woodchuck" to them. You poem made me laugh.

No lizards up here in Maine, but I used to see blue ones in Oklahoma.

Enjoy those boys!!

Tara R. said...

A little bit of awwww... and a little bit of ewwww.

Lori the eco-artist said...

Boys. Gotta luv 'em. Kevin found a freshly dead snake last year near the house and we performed a total dissection, rubber gloves and all. He pulled out the snake innards illustration he had found a few days prior and proceeded to identify each organ. I have photos.

SandyCarlson said...

Ah, the courage of motherhood! Bravo.

Jim said...

Patois, you are enjoying your kids to the fullest. This is a cute little poem that fits boys so well. Did yours find anything revealing from their necropsy?
You also have a cute daughter (post above). A lot of us can relate to the 'no touching' thing as well, either for ourselves or another close one. Peer pressure can do much.
Since your blog title reminds me of the little piggies, how about this cartoon of Old MacDonalds Farm pigs?
http://news.yahoo.com/comics/uclickcomics/20081117/cx_crspe_uc/crspe20081117;_ylt=AoQAJutZ9N8.GrVIq0LkhWjucLQF
Sorry I didn't come earlier,
;-)
..

Tammy said...

TeeHee! Now I know what to add to my Christmas list. I have 4 grandsons. ;)

This Eclectic Life said...

Swallowing disgust is indeed courageous! I remember having little boys fascinated by sights such as that. It was a looong time ago (sigh). I think I'd take swallowing the disgust just to experience their excitement one more time.

Quiet Paths said...

Ha, I know it's revolting but moms will endure a lot. Fun post.

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