Enter the Snake

Slowly and sinuously slithers the snake
Tracing the treetops so secretly dim.
Patterned in patchwork of diamond diversity,
Entwining entirely the length of the limb.
Dangling tail dappled in sunshine and shadow.

Watchfully wavering while flicking forked tongue
Searches for purchase for bridging the distance
Twixt tree and the house, such beckoning haven.
Paying no heed to the squawking persistence
And screeches of creatures in flurry of feathers.

Hovering closer to post of verandah
Bulges her bulk from the branch to the rails.
Stretches her neck and touches with tongue,
Hooks with her head and grips with her scales,
Heaving and leaving the friendship of forest.

Carefully cautiously coils her way upward
Heading for safety and shelter of roofing.
Sneaking and seeking for gap by the gutter.
Never a sound but constantly moving
Closer and closer to secret enclosure.

Finally finding an entrance enticing,
Gracefully gliding to insider hiding.
Disappears distantly deep in the darkness.
Settles in circular coil and deciding
To sluggishly slumber till hunger awakens.

Regular guest in our penthouse apartment.
Pays for the privilege of this occupation
By guarding our cupboards and foodstuffs forever
From foraging four-footed furry invasion.
Poses for photos occasionally too.

Enter the Snake

Tamaso Lonsdale

NIMBIN, Australia

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