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Snake Study
by C. J. Stevens

Thursday, November 11, 2004
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Ambushed in my coiled state among the weeds,
I sense the urgency of that long stick
above my head. This moving hugeness here,
that hunts relentlessly to shower hate
upon my funneled flesh, has come at last,
and I, compelled to stand my circled ground,
hiss my revenge, flick my pronged tongue in rage,
and brave the scream of sky upon my back.

The whirling last sensations in my eyes
will be the tumbled grass, the rush of air -
as I in blindness strike the nearer foe,
explode my weapon on some harmless trunk
of tree in suffocating haste, and die
a writhing line of velvet cut in half.

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Reviewed by Jeremy Vaeni 11/22/2004
Amazingly vivid. A packed two stanzas--Yeah: this is great stuff.
Reviewed by Helga Ross 11/11/2004
Exellent metaphor. Highly imaginative how you did this.
A fresh perspective, very poetically expressed!
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 11/11/2004
wow. a poem that makes me have a little sympathy for the snakes - that's a new one! great description. Dawn
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