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very short


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very short

Post  Karen on Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:48 am

I pray for the soul of a snake

because he was sleek
because he was beautiful
because my attention
brought the shovel to his head

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Good fun

Post  tsukany on Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:39 am


I love that you made me question past tense until the last line.  Wonderful.

I saw a large, but skinny, black snake while running Monday.  I still think the best snakes are like yours:  twice the fun.



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short, indeed

Post  Pat on Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:41 pm

Second time around.  My computer is struggling.  Trying again.

Help me by naming it:  black snake?  rattlesnake? copperhead?   Black snakes do no harm.

Attention?  That stopped me, though I know you are intently watching it.  But was it might or fear that brought it down.  Did you slam it on its head?  I chop heads off with a hoe.  Jimmy shoots copperheads.    We breathe with relief.  He got mad at me for killing a black snake once upon a time.  

Great image.  I can definitely relate.  

Calliope might publish it.  : )

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Post  Dewell H. Byrd on Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:38 pm

Very, very short indeed.
And clever, too.

I like short words in any short poem... so, beautiful and attention 
detract a little from the poem for me...
I have no alternate words to offer, sorry.

Have you considered publishing a short chapbook of brief poems?

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