Friday, May 25, 2007

Menu Of Molecules

It’s belly swollen, like
a water hose ready to burst,
stretched out on warm asphalt
digesting a meal of critter a la carte.

I could envision it slithering
through the weeds and tall grass,
flicking through a menu of molecules,
airborne specials of fur and fright.

23 comments:

Wanda said...

Very interesting...I just painted a watercolor of a snake yesterday...but he wasn't digesting anything...You words make pictures in the mind jump off the page...love it.

Janice Thomson said...

Wow great imagery Pat...'like a water hose ready to burst' - I'll always be thinking of a snake now if that happens again like it just did a couple days ago LOL

sage said...

great image--the lump slowly going down into the snake, but then the old boy doesn't have to eat for a while.

Nea said...

snake found some lunch....huh, :)

vivid picture....Pat.

gautami tripathy said...

I was reading about snakes today. It came at just the right time. Very apt title.

Bill said...

I like the shift from what you see to what you can picture.

Katie McKenna said...

lol.... I just saw this huge - about 6 footer snake the other day.... all this rain has the moccasins on the move!

I see it in your words so easily!

Masago said...

Yikes, this is very dangerous sounding (and in so few words!).

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

This one makes you think -- interesting

floots said...

wonderful snake image
(saw a snake on the hood of my car
- realised it just a windscreen viper) old joke circa 1930 sorry

Beaman said...

Good poem. It somehow reminded me of an illustration from the book 'The Little Prince'.

trinitystar said...

Im off the other way ...

It’s belly swollen, like
a water hose ready to burst,

Can you hear me screaming?

Carol said...

Yikes...

dsnake1 said...

it wasn't me, it wasn't me! :D

i like the images here, pat.

steve said...

'take-out' dining...

Nancy said...

I live in MA, and my brother raises chickens. My brother heard his wife scream and he went running. What he saw was unbelievable. A small garder snake had his jaws around the chickens fleshy neck...the chicken was going nuts, the snake was hanging on for dear life.
The snake was pulled off the chicken but why in the world would a sm snake try to eat a whole chicken.
Nice poem, can I forward it to my brother...they have pic's of the crazy snake on the chicken, it would look great together. He would give credit to you as the author.
Love this one

Cathy said...

Ooooh; I don't think we have those here.

Katie McKenna said...

giggling at Floots comment!

polona said...

wow, great image :)

tongue in cheek said...

eeeeeeeeew weeeeeeeee!

tongue in cheek said...

...Poor little creature...maybe the snake could live on honey instead ;)

Rethabile said...

The second stanza is oh so ferfect!

NINANINA said...

weird how snake can ENGULF rather than swallow... and now I am visualizing the poor furry doomed critter being slowly ABSORBED into that long lean undulating body. ah, "snake peristalsis" agghghhghgh! you inspire such visual stimuli!
NINA