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The Day the Iguana Went to the Spa – A Terzanelle


He had no regrets and no last hoorah
Luncheon was served; hibiscus flow’r
The day the iguana went to the spa

No need to flee, nor did he cower
Seeing the good life stretch out before
Luncheon was served; hibiscus flow’r

Life in the wild was such a chore
A cultured iguana with an ear for the jazz
Seeing the good life stretch out before

No doubt about it, knows what he has
Lighting is perfect, the vibe is quite cool
A cultured iguana with an ear for the jazz

No resistance, he’s never the fool
His name up in lights, now he’s a star
Lighting is perfect, the vibe is quite cool

Placing an order for caviar
He has no regrets and no last hoorah
His very own limo, step up to the bar,
The day the iguana went to the spa


© Jilly’s All Rights Reserved

Join me at dVerse for Meeting the Bar where my challenge is to write a poem in one of the Repetitive Forms.  We explore 5 potential forms: Villanelle, Terzanelle (like this one!), Pantoum, Triolet, and the Chant. Of course, you are also welcome to use any form that makes use of repetitive lines.  Hope you will join in!

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A wild soul writing poetry.

57 thoughts on “The Day the Iguana Went to the Spa – A Terzanelle

    1. Thanks, Kim! Iguanas thrive a bit south of here, but we are too far north for them in Orlando. One day I saw one swimming gracefully across a small lake in town and I knew he must be a lost pet. This was written for him, in hopes he would find a spa before summer ended.

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      1. When I lived in Germany, one of my friends worked at Cologne Zoo and he had an iguana. I don’t know if it was rescued from the zoo. That friend was also unlucky enough to slip on a wet patch and fall in the piranha pool! He had just fed them.

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  1. A fun foray into reptilian riffs and so very cool jazz; different from Le Jazz Hot, right? Thanks for hosting. I chose the Villanelle; I had a lot to say, so the form flowed out smoothly.

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  2. Hahaha! An Iguana with an ear for jazz (variations on the scale). This Terzanelle form looks like it would be just this far past my poetic reach. You make it look easy. And the lizard at the spa is a great, indelible image. (A backstory to this one?)

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    1. A backstory, indeed! An iguana just a bit north of his comfort zone seen swimming across a like a couple of years back. In my imagination he found refuge in some glam spot before winter came on and froze him solid.

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    1. Iguanas are a bit like extra-terrestrials, aren’t they?
      Hey Christine – your link doesn’t seem to work. Would you be willing the re-link your poem and I’ll delete the other one? Looking forward to reading what you’ve shared!

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    1. The iguana that inspired this poem was swimming across the lake in Celebration, Florida, a town that was imaged by Walt Disney. This flashy reptile seemed appropriate 🙂 Glad you stopped by!

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