Aboriginal rock art, Northern Tablelands, Australia
Photo: Don Hitchcock
My only purpose this moment
is looking at a lizard.
Does he know he’s not alone?
He breathes with tiny push-ups,
his skin all hairline caverns
soaking up the sun.
I doubt, alive, I’m liable to get
closer to timelessness than this,
looking at a little lizard breathing.
"Looking at a Lizard" by Barry Spacks from Shaping Water. © Gunpowder Press, 2015.