How do you make it lie down?


…I’ve never seen anything as strong or as stubborn,” he says.
And I think,
how do you tame a wild tongue,
train it to be quiet,
how do you bridle it and saddle it?
How do you make it lie down?

~ Gloria Anzaldua, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue“, From Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Credits: Photograph of Australian Blue Tongue Lizard: Tammy Puntti. Poem Source: The Chateau of My Heart


  1. Fantastic quote – the metaphor so fitting. The picture on the other hand? Scared the heck out of me this morning – wow.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. scary face to wake up to, but then a wicked tongue is always even scarier.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Methinks, insert a delay switch in the speech centre of the brain, so the tongue doesn’t kick in quite as fast following a negative or angry thought — a sort of speech filter.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cute 😉
    … hold your tongue!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. If I had a beautiful blue tongue like that, I’d want everyone to know about it!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:

    Liked by 1 person

  7. mums thw word.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Management 101. How to manage a wild tongue.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. the good news: I saw this long after waking up. The bad news: I was just about to start eating my lunch. I may have to postpone that. Great quote though, I will ponder while I wait to eat 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. yes, ps i loved the poem. sent it on to a friend who struggles with a wild tongue. hoping she will give up on taming it.
    (still “dealing with” the photo)

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: