Aesop’s Snake by Moriah LaChapell

On a cold morning
a woman went for a walk
and found
a snake immobile
in the middle
of a dirt road.

The snake said to the woman
“Please help me lady, I am stuck
in the middle of the road
and fear someone
will run me over.”

She took pity on the snake
whose scales shone like emeralds
in the cold morning sun.
She picked him up
and placed him
next to her unlaced bosom
and carried him home.
She started a fire
and sat down.
She whispered to him
reassuring
that all would be well.

He slowly slithered
out of her dress
and with a quick strike
bit her wrist.
She screamed in surprise
and knew his poison
would slowly kill her.

She asked him
“Why did you do this to me?”
He replied
“You knew I was a snake
when you picked me up
Lady.”

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5 Responses to “Aesop’s Snake by Moriah LaChapell”

  1. Arlin Buyert Says:

    Powerful poem and an enjoyable read. Best, Arlin.

  2. Quite a bite. Great write…

    Thanks, Winnie

  3. Reblogged this on Moriah LaChapell and commented:
    Sunday Morning poem at Rusty Truck, a great online magazine.

  4. Ah yes. I wish this could be read by every young man and every young lady I know who picks the obviously wrong person to date.

  5. I enjoyed this, and it has a great lesson.

    ~N
    ————————
    Forever lost without reason our minds are our own

    http://ncbek.wordpress.com – check me out!

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