God, I’m a lizard you caught by the tail
And I shed my tail as all lizards do.
Then you caught me by the ribs and I had
But instead of killing me you made me your pet,
Fastened a gold chain around my neck.
Now I sit on an ivory stool by your throne
Wondering why I miss my old tail at all.
A more accurate rendering of the proverb that inspired this would probably be the spider but it's less poetic that way for the conceit of the poem. :)