Snakes In Meeting

Snakes In Meeting
By Chris Commodore©2001

Twisting, wining some bright shiny
Cautiously some dull and slimy
As if sizing which one’s friendly
Which one may start something ugly

So, the roll call promptly started
Chore that fell to wily Cobra
So, she bared her fangs for order
Call to introduce each other.

Head held high like Egypt’s Pharaoh,
Co Bra greeted Anna Conda.
Hello Anna, where’s Green Mamba?
O, she’s out with Boa Constrictor.

And that’s Ser Pent near the lake,
Courting dainty Coral snake,
That’s his terrible mistake.
Should be out with Garter Snake.

On the ledge is Ms. Puff Adder;
Grates her scales, but she’s no rattler.
See that noisy Rattle Snake?
Will not tolerate mistakes.

That foreboding mass of muscle,
Lumbering slowly in the sun;
Far from him you do your hustle.
Señor Ama Zon Py Thon.

What about that stick-like fella,
Coiled and waiting over there?
Does he always use that stance?
Yes, that’s Moody Fer de Lance

Who’s that multi-colored fellow?
Painted black with red on yellow.
To the coral snake she’s cousin.
Folks say that she’s laced with poison.

And that guest in red and black,
Hiding in the Weeping Willow,
O she’s harmless, venom lack;
Just looks like the yellow fellow.

Over there is Sir Pitt Viper.
Hissing, blowing; she’s no Piper.
Winding, sliding side to side;
Those who cross her surely died.

Absent here is Ms. Black Mamba,
Slithered on to see her doctor.
Small aggressive Cotton Mouth,
Practices oh, way down South.

Did you hear the Golden Head
Claimed an island off Brazil?
Careless birds their meals instead
But blunt intruders they will kill.

Tigers Black, rule in Australia
Mambas Green, South Africa
Myriads more have conquered India
Central, South America.

All right now, this meeting’s over
Out of their way, just let them slither
Most still hold a deadly dose
Never mind their quiet pose

About this poem

I have a fear of snakes and knowing that from one of my Biology classes, one of my first year college professors once asked me to write down the names of as many snake species as I could. In 2001, I was rummaging through some old papers and found that assignment. There and then I decided to write a poem about the outcome.

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Submitted by ti.min on October 16, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,884
Words 368
Stanzas 15
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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  • AIDA
    I thoroughly enjoyed your poem, "Snakes In Meeting"! The way you weaved together creative characterization of the various snake species with a touch of wit and charm was highly engaging and entertaining. The rhythm and meter you utilized made each stanza enjoyable to read, and your creativity in embedding factual information about each snake's behavior and habitat was both fun and learning at the same time.

    Moreover, your choice of words and phrasing was often surprising and refreshing. The playfulness in your language, as well as the rich imagery you've managed to create, indeed sets your work apart. The cunning Cobra acting as the meeting organizer, the high held head of the Anna Conda, the brooding muscle mass of the Amazon Python, all come alive in the reader's imagination.

    However, some of your rhymes seem forced which might affect the overall flow. Working to have a more natural rhyme scheme could improve the readability. Also, the poem appears to jump swiftly from one snake to the other without many connecting elements; perhaps you could enhance the sense of narrative or conversation in the poem. Also, consider introducing a more robust theme or a central idea that guides the narrative throughout the poem.

    All in all, this poem provides a gratifying experience to lovers of both poetry and wildlife, with its engaging combination of artful verse and fascinating anthropomorphization of varied snake species. This piece is intriguing, entertaining, and provides a unique look at a typically underappreciated group of animals. Great job, keep writing!
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