Blue Tongue Holding The Sun – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Kim is hosting poetics and inviting us to write in the first person comparing a trait of ours with something animal.

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Photo: a young “Bobtail” goanna, one of Australia’s Blue Tongue lizards.

“Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.” Gretel Erlich

Blue Tongue Holding The Sun

There you were,
Blue tongue holding the sun,
your hiss warned that I had surprised you
and yet you didn't scuttle away, you stood
your ground and held my gaze, wary,
so like the corners of the world behind my
eyes where the unrelenting suspicion of 
strangers has cauterised the world against
joy, the hiss of distrust thrust against 
possibility with open mouthed disdain,
besides, when did the giants of this world 
care for the small ones, that they could
merely bask in the sun of wholeness
without fear of looming shadows of deceit?
And there you were holding trust.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon

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44 responses to “Blue Tongue Holding The Sun – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Good metaphor , silver tongued writer.

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  2. The title is fantastic, a truly unique description! Fantastic piece!

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  3. I especially enjoyed the rhyme of eyes with cauterized. Caught my attention.

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  4. sanaarizvi

    “wary, so like the corners of the world behind my eyes where the unrelenting suspicion of strangers has cauterised the world against joy,”… this is so poignant, so timely and in sync with the current times. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

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  5. Great metaphor here Paul.
    Nice job!

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  6. Wow Paul, an excellent poem to stir thought โ€” well written.

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  7. Love the multiple meanings found in the title, and of course, the poem has many standout phrases and ideas. Fantastic!

    The goanna looks smaller, but the lizard in your photo reminds me of a Gila Monster that roamed our Tucson property. Incredible (and terrifying) creatures.

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    • I had to go and look that up, fascinating. Venomous, though sluggish, and a carnivore The Blue Tongue has insignificant teeth, and is an omnivore. The picture shows a baby so it will grow about 25% more, they appear fearsome but you can in fact pick them up. I gather that you wouldn’t pick up a Gila without handling gloves? Thank you so much Michele for your response and for the intro to the Gila.

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      • Somewhere in my photos I have a picture of our “pet” Gila. You are correct in your assessment… one would not want to pick up a Gila. Apparently, when they bite it is with forever in mind. Submerging them and the impacted limb in water is the only way to release their bite… I have been told. I never put that to the test. ๐Ÿ˜† Interesting info about the Blue Tongue. Thank you for sharing and for taking the time to look up the Gila. They are fascinating. I learned to co-exist with it and I enjoyed watching it hunt around our property.

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      • I will look them up on youtube be nice to see a moving one, thank you.

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      • Cool. ๐ŸฆŽ I am inspired to do the same. I only have a still image.

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  8. The title hooked me, Paul; itโ€™s a poem on its own, and it is perfect in the opening lines. I admire lizards, and yours is a stunning metaphor for human characteristics, particularly these lines:
    โ€˜โ€ฆyou stood
    your ground and held my gaze, wary,
    so like the corners of the world behind my
    eyes where the unrelenting suspicion of
    strangers has cauterised the world against
    joyโ€ฆโ€™
    and I love the sibilant โ€˜hiss of distrust thrust against possibilityโ€™.

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  9. I also love the metaphor, and the wonderful image of the lizard. Michael

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  10. Awww I just loved this piece of this Blue Tongued Lizard and would love to add him to my other collection of lizards. Can I have him shipped๐Ÿ˜ณ. Fabulous piece Mr Paul๐Ÿค“

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  11. Excellent, albeit disturbing, use of metaphor.

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  12. lync56

    Interesting comparison

    >

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