This poem is a true story. When I was a teenager, I often cleaned apartments for the elderly or handicapped and I also cared for the pets of vacationing or traveling neighbors. The thought of caring for Iggy really scared me, but Iggy, in some ways, taught me a lesson -- don't judge others unless you know all the facts!
It was a hot summer and I was fourteen
I babysat pets; some were mild, some were mean
Throughout May and June, dogs much larger than I
And sweet, precious furballs helped the time to fly
It was mid-July, before I even knew
That my life would change in a minute or two
You see, I love pets, as long as blessed with fur
When asked to watch “Iggy,” I was quite unsure.
The knock at the door from his owner sparked fear
I pictured a lizard larger than a mirror
His owner had to travel for just two days
And asked if I’d treat Iggy to my kind ways
My only tasks were to turn on Iggy’s light
Feed him his canned veggies; give him dark at night
Reluctantly, I said I would take the chore
I called myself crazy, as I shut the door.
Come Saturday morning, with house key in hand
I visited Iggy, just as had been planned
I walked through the door towards the tank in the hall
When I realized Iggy was still rather small
I gave him his light and his vegetables, too
And, before I realized, the weekend was through
His owner was happy and a lesson was learned –
Watching Iggy was easy, as was the cash earned!
© 2008 – Jill Eisnaugle’s Poetry Collection
Houston's 1560 The Game
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|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|I still don't like Iguanas, but this is a great write, with a super message! EXCELLENT, Jill; brava!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Burleson, Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by John Leko
|...wonderfully...you bring us a story...fear of differences should not be judged...by their scales.
great write Jill...
|Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
|great poetic story Jill with a great message, don't judge a book by its cover, my neighbors friend brought his dog over, my wife called me while I was on the way home screaming that the dog was going to eat our little puddle, so I prepared for a fight when I pulled up in my drive, the dog didn't even bark, he just quietly watched me go in the house, I asked my wife why she was so upset, the big (rottinweiler) had the nicest manners I ever seen, he didn't even bark when we put our dog out back, hugs&LOve|
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|I met a very cool Iguana down in Mexico, also named Iggy. And I call my former office secretary, 'Lizard Lady.' She cares for many iguanas and other types of lizards, and they all bring her much joy. Pets, of any kind, are truly marvelous.|
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|cool write--what a neat creature|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|Reptiles *cringe* They give me the creeps - guess I wouldn't want the money that badly - LOL Well done, Jill, you done good. Braver than I'd ever be - give me furballs, anytime! Even hairballs!! LOL
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.