Friday, November 2, 2012

Medusa In An Unguarded Moment

I want to talk about the beauty of snakes.
Such a long backbone...
no one is going to fast talk them into a compromise.

Let's talk about the economy of fangs.
Two
will do nicely, thank you.

No hands means no handshakes, no bro pats.
A snake just waits
without ceremony, until you state your damn business.

Snakes don't go to Sandals,
they don't cruise the Mediterranean, hobnobbing with assholes.
They just sun themselves on the nearest rock.

No power suit.
Shed that skin, start over again,
brighter, better, and every inch of it comes from within.

I want to talk about the kindness of snakes.
They kill with an embrace.
They can unhinge their jaws, a practice many people should adopt.

In short, I love snakes.
I keep them in my hair, graceful charmers of every hue.
Don't turn away; love them too. 

And look at me when I'm talking to you.
______

This poem is for Fireblossom Friday, where I have asked people to hand me a great big pack of lies. The truth is, I don't like snakes at all, they give me the creeps. 

 

24 comments:

Rene Foran said...

love that ear snake!

And there are plenty of trouser snakes at Sandals
just sayin'...

Love you, Shay
Mean it

Daryl said...

snake snake snake ... shake, rattle and strike!!!

Anil P said...


And my own encounter with one was on a rather different note.

A snake just waits without ceremony, until you state your damn business. - couldn't be truer.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Shed that skin, start over again,
brighter, better, and every inch of it comes from within...

I love these lines, and I, personally, have nothing against snakes so long as they stick to their own territory and do not make the mistake of invading mine. Your last line is a very clever reminder of who our narrator is.

Helen said...

She strikes ... again!!! (love that ear-thing)

hedgewitch said...

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Medusa--and great pic (I used it also a year or so ago I think)--there's something really creepy about it that suits the warped point of view of this poem really well. So much of what we think of as evil, as good, is really, part of our own loved selves, just us..the laundry list of snakely good points is perfect--you may be lying about your love for them, but there's a lot of truth here nonetheless.

Shadow said...

'kay. no. this one totally freaked me out... brrrrrr

TexWisGirl said...

i don't like when they surprise me, but otherwise, i think they're beautiful.

loved this: No power suit.
Shed that skin, start over again,
brighter, better, and every inch of it comes from within.

Lolamouse said...

Even though you're lying, the voice is still true FB! Aw, what do you have against snakeys, though? Your alter ego would tell you that they make lovely boots and purses!

Susan said...

"I want to talk about the kindness of snakes.
They kill with an embrace.
They can unhinge their jaws, a practice many people should adopt."

Hahaha!!!!

"And look at me when I'm talking to you."

Brilliant!

Kay L. Davies said...

I remember Conway Twitty, but I didn't listen, because I'd had all the spiders I could handle just reading your poem.
K

Ella said...

I'm looking and loving your poem and your ear ornament ;D

I know a few charmers just like you described~

Brilliant view....

Daydreamertoo said...

Well, stone me. (pun intended) :)

I have nothing against snakes, as long as they keep off our island..lol

Great poem FB.

Mary said...

I'm with you. I hate snakes!!

Mama Zen said...

This is just a hoot, my dear!

Isadora Gruye said...

clever, clever. You are not shy with the whimsy and the swears in this piece, making it the sort of poem I could have over for lasagna and Paul Rudd movies. Your last line here snapped me to attention.

Oh, and snakes can't be as bad as centipedes. viva la

myheartslovesongs.com said...

snakes in her hair, snakes curled around her arm {in "Kind"} ~ entirely too many snakes, Missy!

{naw, i'm lyin'}

LOVE your prompt!!!

Lydia said...

You had me totally convinced that you love snakes. My husband, as a matter of fact, truly does...thus, once again, I will be sharing your blog with him.

This charmed me!

Shawna said...

What a great lie to inspire this poem; snakes freak me out too.

I love these:
"such a long backbone"
"Let's talk about the economy of fangs."
Stanzas 3, 5, 6 (yeah, I loved the whole thing really)

But your closing line is the best. :)

Shawna said...

P.S. I think "snake" is a personality type, be it male or female. This is of no regard, but I am a snake in the Chinese Zodiac. So you must be collecting me to adorn your hair as well. ;)

Susie Clevenger said...

This brought some giggles..I have known some snakes, caught some snakes, and well...ummm killed some snakes. I always love reading your work!!

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Shay, you totally had me going. Isn't it ironic how we are able to embrace an opposite so convincingly? Brill prompt, as mentioned on my blog. Love, Amy
PS Crap, I could have done one on clowns!!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I was out of town for a couple of days, and missed this. Glad I found it.......I especially love the "unhinging of jaws". Maybe we should do that to politicians during campaign weeks, then we'd have to assess their actions rather than their words.

Margaret said...

Shedding skin and unhinging jaws is a wonderful attribute... This is so FUN.