a spotted gecko blends
in its terrarium. Stub toes dig in.
He works out diet plans,
fixes the heat of plug-in stones
so homeostasis is maintained.
For weeks he observes.
Both of them have learned a stealth
that belongs to worlds before words.
Apart from his own folk,
he too needs Exo Terra rocks
and other thermo-regulating tricks.
All night he studies.
Spellchecks camouflage uncertainty.
His thesis finds a silent empathy
with captive macularius.
Hot days, they find shady areas,
and shutters wipe stone eyes.
Helen Kay is a dyslexia tutor and lover of chicken towns. Her first pamphlet, A Poultry lover’s Guide to Poetry was published in May 2015 (Indigo Dreams).