I killed a copperhead about three yards from my house the other day. Wasn’t a big one; about a foot long. Actually, I wasn’t sure what kind it was when I first saw him and since he was so small, I figured I’d let him move along. But then he struck at me. So I whacked his head off. Figured I didn’t need his kind around where my kids play (well, Brittany has gotten too big to “play,” so it’s just Brett).
But, as I gingerly tiptoed in that area for the next two hours cleaning up and seeing snakes that weren’t there (oh, come on! It happens to you, too!), I composed a poem in my head. And for those of you who know me, you know poetry isn’t really my thing. But it happened, so I just went with it.
Cause that’s how I roll.
So I present to you,
Ode to a Copperhead
(or, I Love Snakes)
I love snakes, yes I do.
I love snakes, in a zoo.
I love snakes, when their bodies are chopped in two.
I love snakes, it’s easy to see.
I love snakes, they sometimes dangle from trees.
I love snakes, when they’re far away from me.
I love snakes, I like that they eat mice.
I love snakes, almost as much as lice.
I love snakes, I’d squeeze them in a vice.
I love snakes, I see them in my dreams.
I love snakes, they make me want to scream.
I love snakes, on a wok with a little steam.
I love snakes, this I’ve said.
I love snakes, black and brown and red.
I love snakes, I smash them in the head.
Yeah, so there! I’m not real fond of snakes and I’m perfectly okay not seeing them here. Fortunately I’ve only seen four in the four years we’ve been here. I can deal with one per year.
I’m thinking about trying to get back to blogging once per week. My ego has been done good (like that Anglish?) the last couple of weeks as three (yes, 3) people have mentioned to me that they miss the regular-ness of my blog. Of course, two of them wanted me to blog more about writing and less about snakes. J Well, they didn’t say snakes, but I know that’s what they meant. How about it? You want to see me blog more about writing? More in general, or just more about writing?