The fat slug body of the baby adder
Rolls over, showing shiny blue white
He bites at air.
Sick and cold. And poison
The slim noiseless slide of the neon-striped
Garter snake. No leaf crackles.
A great ball of writing snakes.
The sudden splash of dawn.
Was that a man or an animal
Or the lord of bass
Roaring his threat
To his domain?
18 July 1975—27 January 2016