haiku – tokay


three posts in one week
i seem to be obsessing
scared of the tokay

quaking in our boots
we’ve christened him godzilla
afraid for our lives

his menacing growl
and the way he bares his teeth
strikes fear in our hearts

we’ve seen him at work
are certain he means business
how will we survive?

google will save us
search “what will eat a tokay”
google’s let us down

unable to sleep
he stalks our house all night long
we are so tired

the carnage – a re-enactment

cuz someone said pictures were needed.

this is almost exactly – i mean it is so very, very close – to what actually happened, it’s not even funny!

first, he appeared out of no where and looked all menacing.

then he rounded up his prey and made threats – and i’m not talking veiled threats here. they were saying anything to try to stop the inevitable.

and then he picked them off, in pairs. he said he’s always been a fan of the buddy system.

he started with the skunk and the panda – oh, it was gruesome!

next, he took out the chinchilla and the lamb, the poor defenseless creatures.

and, for his last course, he had the pony and the baby seal. yes, he did.

and – if it wasn’t enough that we had to witness this – look what he left behind. and who do you think had to clean that mess up?

and then, later that night, he was eyeing us. giving our toes a once over. thinking they might make a good midnight snack.

another full day

this morning, my mom and i got up and ready early so we could ride in to town with the kids on the songthaew that takes them to school. then we started walking until we found a tuk-tuk to take us to the moat. at the moat we had breakfast and then found a bus to take us to bhubing palace and wat prathat doi suthep. then we accidentally walked from the moat to the kids’ school. we kept meaning to stop a songthaew or a tuk-tuk… at the school we watched the elementary classes do their end of the year performance. them my mom and the kids came home on the songthaew and i accidentally walked to the office where we teach english. all this was well and good and a ton of fun for us. great memories. we were feeling pretty good about what we had gotten done. and then




tonight my mom and i are resting, recouping from our accidental walking, just kickin’ back when waan started going crazy. he really would have liked to finish tearing the screen off the door. so we looked out, thinking, cat, squirrel, other dog? and we were wrong. it was none of those. it was tokay. big scary tokay. big scary tokay with a bat in its mouth. a real live bat. that it wanted to eat. and i’m certain that anyone who might have been looking at our house at that moment fell down laughing and probably has yet to recover. because it went something like…

dog going crazy. my mom and i yelling at dog going crazy. mom and i curious about just what has the dog going so crazy. then the calm before the storm as we realized just what we were looking at as the tokay was battling to carry this living, breathing, not ready to give up the ghost bat across the front porch and then the tokay realized it was being looked at. and dropped it’s prey. and ran. while we are battening down the hatches. slamming doors and windows and locking them. and every 30 seconds going over to peak out the door to see if the bat is still there and it is, until it isn’t. maybe it was only stunned and was able to make a get away, or maybe the tokay came back to finish the job. and now we won’t sleep because we know, just know, that tokay is waiting to eat our toes.

and i’m in such bad shape i can’t even remember what tense i’m writing in, much less thinking in. and bh is thoroughly disgusted with us because we didn’t have the presence of mind to take any pictures. we were in survival mode and packing boxes and booking flights back to the states. there was no time for pictures.

new neighbor

this little fellow has taken up residence on our residence. he’s a tokay gecko, aka the pit bull of the gecko world. sounds charming, doesn’t he? thank God he seems content to be outside and hasn’t decided to move in with us, because i’ve done enough reading to know he’s not the friendliest when confronted and s8 would be all over confronting him.

you can hear what he sounds like by clicking here, and it is so totally worth the time and effort it will take to go listen. and while you’re listening imagine you’re in bed trying to fall asleep and every 5 min or so you hear this lovely mating call.