Stubby, the anole lizard, climbed leaf by leaf through the Asian jasmine to reach the wrought iron birdfeeder hook by the patio. Up the hook he went to reach the hummingbird feeder. There he coiled himself along the rim to catch insects attracted to the sugar water.
The hummingbird did not find this reptile incursion amusing. She flew down and hovered menacingly until Stubby leapt back to the wrought iron hook. Generously, she allowed Stubby to slowly slink back down to the patio under her guard, then took full control of the feeder.
Alas, I haven't developed a successful analogy for Afghanistan to send to General McChrystal. I can only pray that American troops will be safe this holiday weekend.
© 2009 Nancy L. Ruder