Submitted by Duncan Richardson
on a patch of lawn near reception
a red-bellied black snake suns itself
into gun metal glare
scaring a passing child in its stillness
or is it the jab in her mother’s voice
“Look out! Snake!”
I absorb the languid coils of its body
wondering how hard muscle and lightning
can disguise themselves as silk
– sunlight blades from its scales
into my eyes
that night I try to inhabit snake consciousness
wondering where the creature is
and if its memory stretches
to that morning
but snake mind is beyond the radar of words
so all I hear is a hollow ‘ping’
as the beams come back
Photo Credit: Otto Marseus van Schrieck – Still Life with Snake, Butterfly and Mushrooms
SCALES is carefully observed, rhythmically smooth; syllables tuned to a sterling fork. Excellent work. Best I’ve seen to date on VITA BREVIS.
We appreciate the great feedback–well said! Duncan did an excellent job!
Stunning artwork combined with an equally stunning poem. Totally engaging.