Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Snake Bite


I play a dirge
dark as a death wish,
and the snakes come.

Long and smooth
like my own venomous veins,
they are flasks with forked tongues
tipped to my lips

exchanging
poison for poison.

No snake remains charmed for long
when the moon is out 
before the sun has had the grace to set.

No woman hacks a flute from bone
just to die
a sad story at the edge of the river.

There are apples to be gathered.

Tipped to my lips
exchanging poison for poison.

19 comments:

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

LOL! Playing a bone flute?
(Sorry, just couldn't resist!)

Susie Clevenger said...

Love your take on the painting...a dirge played draws out the serpents...It sounds like the mysteries of Eden...good write

Other Mary said...

Wow! When I got to the end of the third stanza I thought it was complete...how could you add anything to that? But you did, and the second part rocked too! I love this one!

Fireblossom said...

Geez. You could have had a V-8.

gautami tripathy said...

I cam only say, a superb poem!


while the instrument plays

Poetry Pastiche said...

"No woman hacks a flute from bone
just to die a sad story at the edge of the river" and "exchanging poison for poison" are my favorites. A little poison goes a long way. No one wants to drown in it.

Reflections said...

It fascinates me the many directions we each find within the same image, transforming exquisitely each one.

Your words are biting, spurting poison deep within the veins. Stunning write.

Doctor FTSE said...

Quite simply . . one of this week's gems.

Erratic Thoughts said...

Very interesting poem...
"exchanging poison for poison" si my fav line:)

andy sewina said...

Poison for poison! Now you're talking!!

ayala said...

fantastic poem !!!!!

Brendan said...

Sounds like the booze talking - or rather, chanting, the way it does, up from the vents when moonlight makes it all look so easy. "Poison for poison," indeedy - but you don't have to swallow. - B

Helen said...

'before the sun has had the grace to set' .... your poem is one of my favorites this week!

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent poem.

Anna :o]

Rekha said...

Exquisitely woven words....an Eden feel, my perception.

Jinksy said...

A delight to read - thank you.♥

The Cello Strings said...

visual imagery, beautiful magpie.

Lazidaisical said...

Love how this sounds!

hedgewitch said...

Missed this, Mz--I like the juju and the poison apple much. This is just a witchy picture, no getting around it.