What the Lizard Said by Nels Hanson

One day I found
a lizard’s tail.
I quickly put it
in the mail
and in a week
the lizard spoke:
“Don’t need the tail,”
the lizard wrote.
“I drop one tail
and grow another
as lizards use
a single rudder
“to chase the sun
and catch the light
before today
becomes the night.
A lizard’s blood
begins to chill,
“I couldn’t make
the smallest hill
without the heat
of coming day.
Dear friend, in closing,
let me say
I travel ‘toward’
instead of ‘from,’
I live and let
the past succumb,
and never think
what might have been—
I leave my tail
and start again.”

About the Author:
Nels Hanson has worked as a farmer, teacher, and contract writer/editor. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz and the University of Montana, and his fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award. His stories have appeared in Antioch Review, Texas Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Montreal Review, and other journals. “Now the River’s in You,” a 2010 story which appeared in Ruminate Magazine, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and “No One Can Find Us,” which was published in Ray’s Road Review, has been nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prizes.