Garden Lore

Odd this. I was weeding the garden and this chap popped out of a geranium. He was a bit muddy, blinked a bit.

’Oh. Can you see me?’

‘I can see a lizard. Are you…?’


‘Not a lizard?’

‘Pfft. Remember ..

It’s so cool

that Lizards lounge

on the ground

But cute newts

Like to ablut

In a pool

’But you weren’t in a pool.’

‘It’s just a bloody poem. Geez haven’t you heard of poetic licence? If you want biological accuracy count the front toes.’


‘Yes, toes.’

‘Erm what…?’

‘Oh give me strength…

Everyone knows

There are five toes

On every single lizard

While a newt’s got four

On each front paw

Which is kinda wizard’


‘Did you like it?’



‘Stick to swimming.’

‘Cheeky biped.’




About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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24 Responses to Garden Lore

  1. Mick Canning says:

    Sounds as though it was a bit pissed…

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    This is lovely, poems and photo 💜💜

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  3. Excellent Geoff. Nice to know the difference between a Newt and Lizard. So educational. 😀

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  4. Always makes me smile. Well done, again!

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  5. We had lizards and newts as kids, and I never knew about the toes! Duh!!!! 🙂

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  6. Ritu says:

    Well… I learned something new there!!!!

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  7. Darlene says:

    I thought it was a gecko!

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  8. Leaping Lizards – or newts….. educated over morning coffee!! And two excellent ditties which could become primary school staples in nature studies class if they still did it…… Norah might be interested……

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  9. I’m going to hear each lizard I come across saying, “Cheeky biped” now.

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  10. Elizabeth says:

    I think I would have screamed. Not in fear, just in surprise.

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  11. It raises “pick on someone your own size” to a new level…

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  12. robbiecheadle says:

    Where is that laughing like button on WP when I need it.

    Liked by 1 person

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