Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Snake Charmer

Wind's soft yawn
rustles tall grass
tickles Catalpa leaves

River slows
in her race to the

Sentinel moon
hangs heavy
in the thick, velvet sky

Licorice whip snakes
eyes dull
entranced with opiate music
of the goddess

This was written for Magpie Tales which gives a weekly pictorial writing prompt, this week Rousseau's The Snake Charmer, and Three Word Wednesday which this week challenged writers with the words yawn, dull and race.  


  1. Certaintly wasn't yawn
    Here at your lawn
    As the flute playing wasn't dull at all
    Just don't race the snake down your hall
    Look I used each one
    Now I've had my fun

  2. Pat - Thanks for the rhyme, stop by any time!

    Sheilagh - Thanks for the kind words!

  3. your poem is actually seductive in a soothing way.

  4. I enjoyed the subtle melodic flow of this poem. wonderful use of the words. The picture does well to capture the feel also. Thank you for sharing it with me.

  5. Oh, I like this, Mary. Very nice.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  6. Sentinel moon is very cool, as is 'host-like' which echoes ghost-like but makes me think of communion wafers--and the dull eyed snakes are perfect...hypnotized. Very murmuring,mesmeric feel.

    PS Moonwitch is my even older sister. ;_)Or was that Sandwitch...'kay. I'm outta here.

  7. This is a lovely reworking of the painting in words,

  8. 'Licorice whip snakes'..lovely phrase..almost delicious..although snakes not so yummy..good to read you again too..Jae

  9. This is hypnotic and lyrical ... loved it!!

  10. You certainly painted this most beautifully with your carefully chosen words...

  11. lakefront has a beer
    that actually tastes quite good
    called the snake charmer

    or something similar. it might be called snake chaser, but it's damn good. it's a st. paddy's day thing.

  12. Hello! My first visit, will visit you again. Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed your posts. Congrats for your work. If you wish to follow back that would be great I'm at
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Nelson - Thanks for the comment, I'll have a look at your blog.

    Anon - Yum

    Rob - Thank you Rob.

    Cello Strings - Thanks, glad to have the opportunity.

    Jinksy - Ty, and I feel like I need to do more next time.

    Suz - Thank you!

    Helen - Thanks - always nice to 'see' you.

    Jaerose - Ty. lol, not a snake fan eh?

    Anna - I appreciate it.

    Strummed W - Thanks

    Eric - Hey, thanks for that!

    Dr. FTSE - Thank you Doc.

    Hedgewitch - Thanks, I guess we are both moon girls. Too funny about the witch family tree. lol, I'm getting confused about which witch is which!

    Kay - Thank you so much!

    Robert - I'm glad you 'stopped by' - thank you for your kind words.

    Shauna - Thanks for the read and the comment. I Appreciate it.

  14. Poem and painting fit well together. An excellent response to the prompt.

  15. Yeah, clever stuff!

    I like the bit about the licorice whip snakes.

  16. Very seductive, reminiscent of the allure of the charmer's guile. If read with a metaphorical eye, it becomes a cautionary tale. Beautiful work.

  17. Eclipsingwinter - Thank you so much.

  18. incredible.

    Jingle Poetry has moved to the gooseberry garden, where we do poetry picnic, we valued your support in the past.

    you are welcome to join our week 7 poetry picnic, starting Sunday, 8pm.

    week 7 theme: love and love lost.

    a random or old poem is welcome too!

  19. Gooseberry Garden - Thank you! I'll take a look. I'm in a bit of a writing slump right now, but may your prompt will help.