Puberty’s passé when a gila out-dappers
your scene, ball python flubbing
a bearded dragon’s take.
You should see how I staged the Grease
finale: asp Sandy tongue-synching
“You’re the One That I Want”
while salamander Travolta stupefies
in his letterman’s and sphagnum substrate.
The talk-show host calls me Jaqueline
Hanna, as if gender you could pensive
drudging a one-liner about terrariums
and aplomb. From mealworm to
sublime: oddity over quality,
my family funded on a chameleon
hatching the fourth wall. So inveterate
a vertebrate, iguana salving
the tantrum phylum—comodo
box office, green room for pet newt.
Most parents misread their offspring’s
glint. Mine knew thespian from bog.