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Likkewaans by Brett Dix

Brett Dix | December 13th, 2017 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Likkewaans are water lizards
marked with dark blotches and yellow spots.
You often see them up in dead trees
that are partially submerged in dam water.

I once kept one as a pet
and observed its serpent tongue
flick out before taking its prey:
a frog I had given it like a sacrificial offering.

Another time, during the winter cold,
I found it belly up and revived it
with the warmth of my hands.
When I was a child, likkewaans seemed magical.

My grandfather used to tell me
that a likkewaan could break your leg
with a lash of its tail
and that its fat could seep through glass.

Poet Bio

Brett Dix has a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and lectures English literature and poetry at the university. He is currently working on a collection of poems, which he hopes to publish soon.

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