Friday, October 10, 2014

In my driveway

A red-spotted toad, from The Western Ecological Research Center

A small velvet beanbag lands on my ankle: it’s a toad,
tiny delicate thing, who promptly hops off and into
the grass. Another evening, it’s a house gecko who
falls on my arm as I walk into the house with a load

of groceries. Those touches give such unlikely gifts.
They weave my frayed attention into a single strand
of webbing on which I slackline, wobble, slowly stand
and balance beneath the moon, hold still until it drifts.


Larry said...

It's that useful revelation which arthropods, amphibians, and reptiles grace us with: "Oh, it's not just mammals!"

am said...

"Those touches give such unlikely gifts."

It's been a long time since I've seen a toad or a frog.

There is kindness in their faces.