Poems of the Week

Lizard Hazard

by Joanna Bird

RSPCA called to rescue lizard that turns out to be a dirty sock — The Independent, September 2017

Is it a rare type of pink stripy gecko,
Or some other lizardy reptile instead?
Surely it can’t be a dragon (Komodo)—
Enough to fill anyone’s family with dread!
But no, it’s a far more formidable foe:
A teenager’s sock lurking under the bed.