Salamander By Bill Griffin

Salamander By Bill Griffin This is my gift –to change.From Inadu Creek I leave behindmy frilly gills and climbthe spire of blue-eyed grass.Having become a creature of air bathingmyself in dew, am I not stilla creature of water? I invite you to discoverin each of my family our variations,discern that every runnel, every spring,every palm-sized cup […]

Wet Autumn By Tom Hennen

Wet Autumn By Tom Hennen Early morning, everything damp all through. Cars go by. A ripping sound of tires through water. For two days the air Has smelled like salamanders. The little lake on the edge of town hidden in fog, Its cattails and island gone. All through the gloom of the dark week Bright […]

Alligator By Mary Oliver

Alligator By Mary Oliver I knelt down at the edge of the water, and if the white birds standing in the tops of the trees whistled any warning I didn’t understand, I drank up to the very moment it came crashing toward me, its tail flailing like a bundle of swords, slashing the grass, and […]

Salamander Blues By Hans Ostrom

Salamander Blues By Hans Ostrom Rainstorm: and a salamander glued itself to the outside of a basement’s pane. Its orange belly desired red. Its throat pulsed against a flattened water -droplet caught between neck and glass. Its shiny small black eyes blinked, once, in slow motion. Its four-digit feet to me looked perfectly original, delicate, […]

Poems About Life
Poems About Life

Suffocating Salamanders By Sam Illingworth

Suffocating Salamanders By Sam Illingworth Your translucent skin Gasps gently for breath In the Land of the Noonday Sun; A mountainous vista Unexpectedly replaced With Ziploc bags and Moist paper towels As you travel to Transparent incubators To be fed a diet of Crickets, Humidity, And rising temperatures. Beneath a harsh and Artificial sun Thermal […]

The Blue Spotted Salamander By Joann Balingit

The Blue Spotted Salamander By Joann Balingit Does not flinch as my boot rolls the pine limb over The night is wet with icy stars sprinkled down its ribs Not one muscle would I move if God rolled my roof open I’d lie curled, an unborn word awake inside his skull Copyright © by the […]

Little Salamander By Walter De La Mare

Little Salamander By Walter De La Mare TO MARGOT When I go free, I think ’twill be A night of stars and snow, And the wild fires of frost shall light My footsteps as I go; Nobody – nobody will be there With groping touch, or sight, To see me in my bush of hair […]

The Salamander By Oliver Herford

The Salamander By Oliver Herford The Salamander made his bed Among the glowing embers red. A Fiery Furnace, to his mind, Hygiene and Luxury combined. He was, if I may put it so, A Saurian Abednigo. He loved to climb with nimble ease The branches of the Gas-log Trees Where oft on chilly winter nights […]

The Description Of A Salamander, 1705 By Jonathan Swift

The Description Of A Salamander, 1705 By Jonathan Swift As mastiff dogs, in modern phrase, are Call’d Pompey, Scipio, and Caesar; As pies and daws are often styl’d With Christian nicknames, like a child; As we say Monsieur to an ape, Without offence to human shape; So men have got, from bird and brute, Names […]

Salamander By Mary Green

Salamander By Mary Green An unexpected guest Comes to my grandmother’s greenhouse, A golden salamander, Searching for slugs, And company, perhaps. On lonely days I watch him. He is a clown tumbling between chrysanthemums And red geraniums, Or a shadow puppet Darting between shady leaves And the roots of miniature trees. Or sometimes he lolls […]