Viper

Every now and then, situations arise allowing you to discern distinct animal characteristics within fellow human beings. Sometimes these experiences can be humorous; most times, they shed light on the truth of the individual in question. And, on a more general level, they stimulate contemplation about our supposed level of sophistication relative to other life forms.

This poem was inspired by such an experience.

viper

she watched and waited

siphoning warmth unnoticed

deftly positioned

rooted in envy’s green cut

driven to covert carnage

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